Unifor welcomes the announcement of financing support for NFI Group, the parent company of New Flyer, from the Government of Manitoba and Export Development Canada.
“Our hard working and highly skilled members at the New Flyer bus assembly plant have endured a tough period due to the pandemic and supply chain issues,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “With solid financial footing our members now stand ready to continue to build the transit of the future.”
Representatives from NFI Group, the federal and provincial governments, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and Unifor were on hand for the December 23 announcement of a financial support package of approximately $187 million.
“I must acknowledge the members of the NFI team and our union partners, who have been flexible, patient, and accommodating for much longer than any of us thought would be required, said NFI Corporate Director Paul Soubry.
“It has only been through the dedication, persistence, and hard work of our people that we have been able to deliver highly customized buses and coaches, support vehicles in service, and significantly grow our backlog. The road ahead is bright, and the support provided by our people and our partners will assist us as we move towards a strong future recovery executing on our $5 billion backlog.”
The plant has a current backlog of over 4,000 units, ordered from Canadian municipalities including Toronto and Mississauga and international customers from the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Founded in the early 1930’s, New Flyer is long rooted in the Winnipeg community. Unifor Local 3003 represents approximately 600 members who assemble the busses from start to finish.
“Our members are proud to be part of the EV evolution of public transit and the move towards net zero emissions,” said Unifor Local 3003 President Clint Seys. “We look forward to a secure and prosperous future at New Flyer for the workers and the community.”