THUNDER BAY – The Labour Action Centre for the laid-off Bombardier workers and their families will be converting their operation to a telephone and social media system effective immediately. The Centre located in the Unifor building on Gore Street will be closed until further notice.
Given the recent directive from the Provincial Government, the Bombardier Labour Adjustment Committee has decided to close the Labour Action Centre as of Tuesday evening.
“We do this in order to do our share in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our staff, the laid-off Bombardier workers, their families and the general public is of the utmost importance and we do not take this decision lightly” said Adjustment Committee Chair, Iain Angus.
In order to assist the affected workers, the Centre Coordinators and Peer Helpers will be working remotely during the closure of the Action Centre. The Centre staff will still be answering calls and emails and will work with any affected workers or their families on a Monday through Friday basis.
Laid-off Bombardier workers and their families are invited to consult the Labour Action Centre’s website, www.tb-blac.org, or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bombardierlabouractioncentre, to stay up-to-date, particularly for news of employment opportunities and other services aimed at the unemployed workers and their families.
“Our Peer Helpers will be calling through our worker lists to check-in. They are there to listen and offer any assistance” said Angus.” These are trying and unprecedented times and we want to do our best to meet the needs of the workers and their families. Please call us at (807) 475-4063 to speak with one of our staff.”
Angus also stated that a number of laid-off workers have not registered with the Action Centre and he says that now is the right time to do so.