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2014-07-25 at 16:30

Strike trickledown

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By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- A prolonged labour dispute at the city’s Bombardier plant will start to have ripple effect on area businesses.

That’s the opinion of presidents of two local companies that are suppliers for Bombardier, as the nearly two-week strike by members of Unifor Local 1075 and the Montreal-based company has halted production on light rail cars.

Roy Pelletier, president of Pelletier’s Powder Coating, said when Bombardier’s local plant is fully operational it counts for as much as 80 per cent of his company’s business.

“We definitely cater to them. I think people in Thunder Bay aren’t always aware of how much of an economic driver Bombardier is,” he said on Friday.

“We’ve seen the business pretty well drop off to nothing. Until the plant goes back to work we won’t see much, that’s for sure.”

The company is responsible for powder coating most of the interior components of the train cars that are assembled at the plant.

Pelletier said there is no immediate threat to his workforce, as there are enough other clients to keep things rolling. But that will only last for so long, as Pelletier added that  the strike will likely have a more substantial impact if it stretches out.

Dingwell’s North America is another local sub-contractor that conducts a significant portion of their business with Bombardier.

Rob Bell, Dingwell’s president, said the company performs a variety of services with both the Rocket and bi-level cars, with that contract responsible for at least 35 per cent of their business.

The company is not yet in a position where they need to adjust for the strike, but that might change depending how long it takes for the plant to resume full operations.

“If it starts stretching into a couple months or three months, which it possibly could, then the loss of revenue is pretty substantial,” Bell said.

“Some of the other suppliers that are involved a little more than just normal will be feeling the same crunch we will feel. It takes a little while to trickle down.”

Pelletier said he has not had any contact with the company about the work stoppage and has no idea when it might come to an end.

As far as he is concerned, the strike can’t end soon enough.

“The faster they get back to work, the better it will be for everybody,” Pelletier said.


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Stephen says:
Yes, it's true that the strike will hurt the local economy. It will delay the delivery of badly -needed transit cars.
On the other hand, these people are trying to get a decent pension. It's a crap job for most of them, so all they have in their lives are their children and maybe a little something saved up for when they retire.
I'd go on strike for that.
7/27/2014 5:36:09 PM
Smartguy83 says:
Using the fact that the company put up an early fence is like complaining the union had a "strike vote" in case there was no agreements and having signs ready in case of a strike. They had every right to make a fenced area in case of a strike. Give it up, both parties are at fault here.
7/27/2014 12:54:41 PM
nvjgu says:
Got to ask , if everything is manufactured in ether Mex. or China because it's cheaper then why is everything so expensive.
7/27/2014 9:00:00 AM
mystified says:
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand cause and effect. The stellar comments on most of the reports on this site are a good indication as to why most things have to be pointed out to many.
7/26/2014 6:07:45 PM
oscarmyerweiner says:
Just wait it will also bombardier internally as well, office staff and so on. Sad that company hasn't even set up a meeting yet. Guess greed also makes you blind.
7/26/2014 4:16:07 PM
pylon says:
Why is it always the company?
7/26/2014 11:06:50 PM
Royalflush says:
Because it is always the company!
7/27/2014 8:32:49 AM
oscarmyerweiner says:
Sorry to say but when a company doesn't attend the "last meeting" and forces the workers to walk who else would you think is at fault here. Not to mention the premature fence, and the where a bouts of Mr. Rivers.
7/27/2014 8:49:48 AM
nvjgu says:
Trickle down, more like down pour I'd say
7/26/2014 12:07:42 PM
S Duncan says:
but all the NDP and Liberals keep telling us there is no such thing as 'trickle down' economics.

Which is it?
7/25/2014 4:49:49 PM
Shark says:
Nothing like twisting words. I will try to make this as simple as I can so that you can understand. I promise I won't use any big words. Trickle down economics only works if you spend the money. Obviously it works when the employees make enough so they can spend. Helps create jobs. Jobs that won't exist if there is no middle class.The rich don't spend, they hoard. Instead of creating jobs to stimulate the economy they eliminate jobs so they can up there short term profits. Never looking at the long term. All this article proves is that without half decent paying jobs there will be no economy. Do you see the difference now? If not well sorry I don't know how to dumb it down any further.
7/26/2014 7:07:42 PM
TBTNFL says:
That is because this is not a trickle down affect. This is the ripple affect of support workers and business in a support system. Rich people do not support the poor that is why the trickle down affect does not work.
7/26/2014 11:50:18 PM
tbay87 says:
This article has absolutely nothing to do with "trickle-down economics", none. Unless there's some connection between the current situation and high-income individuals paying too much in taxes I missed?
7/27/2014 3:16:09 AM
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