Unifor settles Bombardier strike


THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - After more than eight weeks on strike, Unifor Local 1075 has reached an agreement that will be presented for ratification Friday, Sept 12 at 8:30 am.

"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.

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.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union merged.