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2014-06-23 at 17:13

‘A good sign’

By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
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THUNDER BAY – The president of Unifor Local 1075 is hopeful sustained talks will keep Bombardier workers off the picket line.

Dominic Pasqualino said the company and the union’s negotiating team have been meeting quite regularly, including five times last week as well as Monday.

“We’re still talking and that’s a good sign,” Pasqualino said after the most recent session.

“(Discussions) are going well at this point. Hopefully we’ll continue at this pace and hopefully in a couple of weeks we’ll have some solution.”

The progress is a good sign for both sides, especially after the general membership gave leadership the authority to stop work if necessary.

In May the membership gave union brass the green light to pursue a strike if negotiations are unsatisfactory. It has been reported that 100 per cent of the skilled-trades workers and more than 99 per cent of the general membership provided authorization.

Pasqualino said it is still early and that a deal is not imminent.

The negotiations are usually a lengthy process, he added.

The most recent collective bargaining agreement expired on May 31.

 

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S Duncan says:
Great, now I will charge those union members and bombardier employees even more.

so sick of whiney unions and their whiney bloated leaders that take money from the poor working people and insist on telling their membership that they would live in poverty without their supreme guidance.
6/23/2014 11:19:10 PM
Eastender says:
Without unions, we would be working 16 hour days, dining on chikenbone soup, and eating stale crusts of bread, while chained to a sewing machine in some building with no heat or windows, and no safety standards.
Thanks, but no thanks Duncan, I'll take my chances with the unions.
Workers contribute to the wealth of a company, and they should rightly share in that wealth. Its not perfect, but its better than the alternative.
6/24/2014 9:04:12 AM
Murphy says:
S Duncan..I don't understand your comment??

Who is "charging" more money? Union dues are a tax right off, they do not cause workers to be poor. They help a bit at income tax time.
Unions are a proven effective way of securing a good job with a decent salary with an educated person which is a bonus for the employer as well.

If you took away unions you would have underpaid skilled trades or college/university educated people making next to nothing trying to pay for either their school loans or a decent life raising a family.

I sense you have been wronged by a union...? Perhaps you should submit a resume be proactive and see the difference this option makes.

6/24/2014 10:53:45 AM
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