Unifor Rally Says Bombardier Bargaining is Pure Pressure Tactics
THUNDER BAY – Unifor workers rallied today on the steps of Thunder Bay City Hall and outside the office of Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro. Unifor National President Jerry Dias told the large crowd of workers that this strike is about “The future of manufacturing jobs in Thunder Bay”. Unifor states that if Bombardier were to spend money on workers, rather than on building fences, on publicity campaigns in the media, and on using taxi-cabs to deliver copies of documents to the 900 striking workers, that would help solve the labour dispute.
“We are here to make a statement on the importance of good jobs to Thunder Bay,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias told the crown outside Thunder Bay City Hall. “Good jobs support families, communities and pay good taxes to the federal and provincial governments that support social programs.”
The striking Bombardier workers then marched to Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro’s Office. The MPP addressed the workers, explaining that as an elected official he can not get directly involved in the labour / management negotiations.
Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro
Unifor Local Union President Pasqualino
Local 1075 Union President Dominic Pasqualino says that “Bombardier has been agressive”.
Mayor Keith Hobbs on Impact of Strike
Videographer: Skylar Paytash
Photos: Braedon Campeau / James Murray