THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – Workers at Thunder Bay’s Bombardier facility are voting this morning on a contract agreed to by Unifor and Bombardier after an eight week labour dispute.
Unifor Local 1075 has reached an agreement that will be presented for ratification Friday, September 12 at 8:30AM EDT.
“These workers have stood up for good jobs in their community. Our fight against the employer’s concessions has shown the resolve of the membership to fight for fairness,” said Dominic Pasqualino Local 1075 President.
Stephanie Ash, the spokesperson for Bombardier says, “Bombardier Transportation and Unifor Local 1075 representing workers in Thunder Bay have reached a tentative agreement today for the renewal of their Collective Agreement. Bombardier Transportation hopes to see our valued employees return to work as quickly as possible”.
“We believe this new agreement continues to provide for well paid jobs in Thunder Bay and meets the needs of the company moving forward,” commented Ash.
Details of the new collective agreement will be presented to the membership for ratification, with a full discussion and debate to be held at that time.
The 900 members of Unifor Local 1075 have been on strike since July 14, and last month rejected a “last offer” from the company by 80 per cent in vote ordered by the Ontario Ministry of Labour after an application from Bombardier.The workers at Bombardier build the new subway and streetcars for the Toronto Transit Commission, as well as cars for the GO train commuter train service. The plant got the TTC contract under a Buy Ontario policy that the union helped secure.