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2014-07-28 at 14:52

Unifor, TTC to meet

By Jodi Lundmark,
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THUNDER BAY -- The union representing local striking Bombardier workers will head to southern Ontario later this week to meet with Toronto Transit Commission officials.

Unifor Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino said they’ll be meeting with the TTC, the Toronto labour council and other union leaders to seek support and advice on how they can resolve the issues the Thunder Bay workers are facing with the Montreal-based company.

“I’m just going to tell them what’s going on here,” said Pasqualino.

“Our hope is that we can resolve these issues as soon as we can and we’ll do everything we can to do that.”

Monday marked the start of the third week of the strike that has 900 plant employees on the picket line. The main issue of contention is around make concessions on benefit and pension plans proposed by the company.

Despite a still upbeat mood on the picket line, Pasqualino said he has heard some employees have resigned, leaving for employment at the Musselwhite Mine or in Atikokan.

“As the strike continues, more and more people will be leaving and it’s unfortunate for everybody,” he said.

“People are realizing it could be a long strike. They all want it over tomorrow but on the other hand, they’re willing to stay out as long as is necessary,” Pasqualino added.

Bombardier officials will not be at the meeting with the TTC, confirmed company spokeswoman Stephanie Ash.


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Bob Roberts says:
Another good use of the Union members dues for the Union Exec to "live it up while visiting Toronto.
Gee the Union should be begging to get back to the table to settle the strike. There is no position to take on the benefits and pension. Companies without Unions workers have all suffered the same fate. New Hires end up with different pension plan and expectation of No benefits down the road if they ever get to retirement. This is business school 101 and bottom line fiscal issues for most companies. Just more wasted time for Union management trying to look like they actually know something about running a real business.
7/29/2014 9:16:27 AM
sg says:
Fiscal issues? Are you reading Bombardier's financial reports? Apparently you aren't! Try that - and I'll say it again - try talking to your union reps instead of sitting behind a computer.
7/29/2014 2:34:54 PM
oscarmyerweiner says:
"They all want it over tomorrow but on the other hand, they’re willing to stay out as long as is necessary,” Pasqualino added.

Rivers did you read this....united we stand!!!
7/29/2014 9:29:00 AM
Tachyion says:
So Pasqualino flies off to Toronto to inform the TTC, the Toronto Labour council and other unions about a situation they already know. Amazing communication skills these unions have considering the e mail information highway. You can bet he is not flying on a seat sale, not staying in a hostel, and not eating McD's....after all this is union dues it up on the workers backs.
7/29/2014 9:32:59 AM
NewCoach says:
Post these jobs and the plant will be up and running in no time.
7/29/2014 2:37:32 PM
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