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2014-07-16 at 16:19

Bombardier may seek picket-line injunction over 'safety concerns'

Jodi Lundmark,
By Jamie Smith,

THUNDER BAY -- Bombardier has filed for an injunction over safety concerns on the picket line.

Company spokesperson Stephanie Ash said the application was filed Wednesday afternoon after several employees raised safety concerns after crossing the picket line on Day 3 of the strike Wednesday morning.

"The issue is that we're wanting to develop a protocol whereby we can ensure that our employees can get in and out of the workplace safely," Ash said, adding that about 400 people still need to go to work daily.

It's now a matter between company and union lawyers.

But Unifor Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino said the company has been planning on filing for an injunction since Day 1.

"Nobody has been threatened and nobody has been harmed or any of that to get through," he said. "If anybody thinks they're being threatened or is afraid I can personally assure their safety going through there. None of our guys are going to be doing any kind of that stuff."

Pasqualino thinks the real reason the company has filed for the injunction is that the union has so much support.

People are on the picket line even when they don't need to be there. An injunction could make it so the union has less people on Montreal Street.

"It's because it (would) make us look weak," he said. "We're not weak."

But Ash said it's just to make sure that everyone gets in and out of work safely.

Anytime the union is willing to compromise, the company is willing to head back to the negotiation table.

"The ultimate goal is to reach an agreement," she said.


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unheard says:
I thought out of respect if you belong to a union you do not cross the line yet the other employees that work there that are represented by a different union cross? good team work
7/17/2014 9:47:41 AM
localboy says:
The office union still has a collective agreement with Bombardier, and legally, must cross the line. However, the office union still very much supports the striking Unifor members. Drive by the line, and you'll see a few COPE people out there supporting them!
7/17/2014 10:50:15 AM
nvjgu says:
Bombar. is not going to be a very nice place to work after this.
7/17/2014 8:38:52 AM
localboy says:
I've been through the line multiple times, and there has absolutely been no safety issues! These aren't violent people! They are our friends, neighbours, family members, and coworkers!
7/17/2014 7:26:26 AM
sawmillsteve says:
Injunction on City Rd too....
7/17/2014 7:02:57 AM
albertallan says:
By that criteria I guess you'll be seeking an injunction at the bingo hall, the Christmas parade, any mall parking lot, any sporting event, any group of cyclists on the highway, any charity walk/run, the line up at THP for cheap gas, every school zone at end of class.......
Or are we just talking about things that annoy YOU ?
7/16/2014 9:13:16 PM
Back-in-the-bay says:
Apples and oranges! These union whiners just want to flex their group muscles and intimidate every person in their midst. They are congregating on public land and impeding traffic and safety on public property, despite signage that even further points out that error. Unions are for the weak minded, lazy people in our so called workforce. Soon enough you'll all be begging for greeter jobs, French fryer jobs, because you'll have unionized all these 'good' jobs to other workforce markets.
7/17/2014 9:57:58 AM
damanisback says:
you must get mad when there is a couple of people in front of you at the drive through.
montreal st isn't any busyier or more dangerous the mall or mall parking lot during christmas shopping... so get a grip dudebro
7/16/2014 9:09:47 PM
stridepark says:
Good. This kind of behaviour is ridiculous. Don't we all remember the numerous accidents (and plenty of near-misses) when there were picketers at LU a few years ago? It was extremely dangerous to drive down 2 major streets.

It's one thing to pass out information on the side of the road, without jeopardizing safety, but blocking traffic to this extent is unacceptable.
7/16/2014 9:03:17 PM
moi says:
Nice to know that local prez Pasqualino is so confident when he says.."none of our guys are going to be doing any kind of that stuff.."
Let's check back in say...a couple weeks/a month's time to see if what he proclaims is still the norm.Im guessing *not*.The union has shot-itself-in-the-foot by going on strike.It's all fun and games,till somebody misses a mortgage/car/truck/boat/necesities of life/child support payment 'cause of the strike. And if the company plays hard-ball,and takes their business elsewhere,lets see how fast it takes before some union members start turning on one another.The union won't win this one, Bombardier holds all the cards and will simply move their operations to Mexico.And our big bad provincial gov't stepping in? That's a think Bombardier cares? Nope.
7/16/2014 6:58:48 PM
sg says:
Do you really think this is fun and games for them? Seriously??
7/17/2014 8:12:01 AM
Dudebro says:
I hope they get the injunction too. That many people crowding around the area is just ridiculous.
Weather or not anything has happened, that many people around the area is ALWAYS a safety concern.
If parked vehicles and people impede the area then something needs to be down. Simply, if vehicles moving down that street have to slow down, and keep moving around crowding people trying to get their word out then thats a problem.
7/16/2014 4:40:05 PM
Tbaylifer 1 says:
So, Canada Day with 15000 people at the marina was a safety concern? You can't be serious? This company is acting completely unprofessional for a global corporation. Must be nice to walk through a picket line making more money with benefits past the workers who this company wants to take away from. Must be a proud feeling? Bullying at its finest.
7/16/2014 6:00:51 PM
conker2012 says:
Whether not Weather

It is illegal to park on the south side of Montreal Street, but the unionized police are not interested in actually following the law and ticketing their union brother who are illegally parked.

Notice the no parking sign which means no parking between the sign and the nearest intersection.
7/16/2014 9:15:30 PM
Tachyion says:
Just further proof of different application of the law for different people. Unions support unions, regardless of laws. Previous barricades in other situations have proven this.
7/17/2014 8:58:30 AM
Shark says:
Considering the parking lot is city owned maybe they should take the fences down. For safety reasons.
7/16/2014 9:47:57 PM
sg says:
and the large fence bombardier erected around the parking lot has nothing to do with that? Why don't they take it down so traffic isn't impeded.....

It's only a problem when you don't like the message.
7/17/2014 8:09:45 AM
Eastender says:
The greed of corporations knows no bounds. They would rip a crust of bread out of the hands of an orphaned child if it would add to their bottom line.
Is Bombardier in a financial crisis? No they are not. Will this strike hurt them? No it wont! Will the loss of benefits hurt the employees? Will the strike hurt the eloyees? It is and it will. Taking away benefits such as medical, dental, pensions, is the same as taking food from a child, simply because its easy and its doable, not because it means the survival of the company. Just greed for the sake of greed.
7/17/2014 9:44:43 AM
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