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2014-08-06 at 15:44

Second meeting

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By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- For the second day in a row, Bombardier officials met face-to-face with members of the union representing its striking workers.

But just like the Tuesday meeting, Wednesday's discussions were not part of any official negotiations. Instead, the company and union discussed the obstacles each face in drafting a new collective agreement.

The Wednesday meeting between Unifor, which is representing nearly 900 striking local workers, and Bombardier did feature head of operations Aaron Rivers.

"We're hopeful that maybe some of these roadblocks can be discussed and we can move forward for the future," Bombardier spokeswoman Stephanie Ash said Wednesday afternoon.

"We're just pleased that we were able to have this meeting today."

Unifor Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino said they vented their frustration to the company, a major complaint from the union being the belief that Rivers had so far been missing from the conversation.

"We'd like the company to come to the bargaining table and have some open discussions with us," he said.

Safety protocols for when the company ships product was also discussed ahead of Bombardier's plans to head to court Thursday morning to seek an injunction to get stricter enforcement in place on the picket line.

Pasqualino remains adamant that the company is too busy focusing on protocol issues when it should be more concerned about a new collective agreement and getting people back to work.

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Smartguy83 says:
Firefighters and cops do NOT start at $80k. Not even close.
8/7/2014 5:12:33 PM
bolomau says:
I like to know what is the hourly rate of pay for their job. Thank you Sir.
8/7/2014 4:15:55 PM
udecide says:
" unknowncronik ", LOL, well put in an application for the Fire Dept or " POPO ", AN UNBELIEVABLE COMMENT.
8/7/2014 3:47:09 PM
Mamanocash says:
Bombardier is top heavy. if they want to save money, they need to cut the managers, who manage the managers, who manage the managers, who manage the directors, who direct the directors, who direct more directors.... I'm sure you get the pocture.
8/7/2014 11:44:46 AM
unknowncronik says:
I can see their frustration.....while the firefighters & popo are already making $80k TO START, other unions need to fight just to get a few bucks more.....this city is riddled with nothing but killings & crime & bad paying jobs...no wonder there are so many robberies
8/7/2014 11:08:12 AM
there was a time when unions were good for both company and members
but now things have change members think they run or own the company they work for and is not true at all
unions would reprimend their own members if he or she was not doing their jobs but at bombardier they protect the lazy the ones that not do their job because they are well protected by the shop steward
wake up people times have changed if you want to get pay you have to produce something that the union at bombardier forgot long ago
that is why they are in this situation
if the plant get to be moved somewhere else remember every one will loose most of all thunder bay :(
8/7/2014 9:43:41 AM
udecide says:
" King Farouk ", 1000 people lose their jobs??
If they do it is their doing, they can go back to work at any time and keep their jobs, they are being misled by union bullies, it's not working....Wake Up
8/7/2014 9:37:14 AM
Bob Roberts says:
The Union can keep spinnings its tall tale of big bad Bombardier. What a waste and loss of good wages for the members. Concessions the company wants and will get. Its a business and bottom line long term business costs need to be contained in the global market. I would be asking for a wage rollback, no cost of living increases (ever) , and higher cost for benefits per employee and or a reduction in benefits. Its a job and they are running a business, that can be relocated elsewhere if need be to reduce ongoing costs. The Union is not representing the best interest of its members at all, just protecting Unifor interests. Lost Wages will never be recovered , way to show the company you mean business and going to fight for your members.
8/7/2014 8:49:18 AM
albertallan says:
Obviously this has gone on too long already as the "opinions" are starting to be just statements of ignorance. There is failure on the part of the Union and Bombardier to educate employees, members and the public on what is really going on here.
If truth and transparency were at the forefront of this dispute it would have been settled already and those commenting here would speak from knowledge rather than uninformed anger.
8/6/2014 9:59:42 PM
oscarmyerweiner says:
Really tired of reading all this bull from all the union haters out there. Without any unions fighting for wages, job equality, health benefits, job safety and countless other issues you would still be working for three dollars an hour without anything else at the mercy of the company, so why are you crying and whining. You think child labor is good thing. Show some courtesy toward the unions, even if your not in one all of your wages and healthcare, stat holidays and everything else you have, has came from the unions fighting for these things! Ya I said it again. Maybe you should google it you might get a better picture.
8/6/2014 9:10:51 PM
LJ2 says:
Unions can be a good thing; in this case, greed has superceded the good thing.
8/7/2014 2:23:00 PM
Dudebro says:
The company knows the union will cry like babies and pull a little fit the second they try to ship one of the cars. So no doubt the company is making sure they have their bases covered when it comes to making sure proper babysitting services are in place for the kids playing at large outside the premises.
Suck it up, but seriously it's time the workers walk all over that union and take it for what it is. Either that or get ready for what might really hurt - don't turn around without keeping a good eye behind yourself.
8/6/2014 6:43:07 PM
gurty says:
I hope the plant shuts down and moves to Mexico - hard working people, half the wage and less whining! All you union people can go fight for positions an the local fast food restaurant!
8/6/2014 5:32:17 PM
King Farouk says:
you hope that 1000 people lose their jobs?!?

I hope this gets resloved.
8/7/2014 8:18:04 AM
AndersonSilvasLeg says:
You're in favour of tbay losing close to 1000 jobs?

are you getting paid to post this bs?
8/7/2014 10:09:34 AM
udecide says:
Pasqualino, LOL, Rivers comes here and you and your band of " trying to look tough bullies " block him and yell at him to GO HOME. You already lost the fight. Too bad you screwed a lot of employees who walked out with you. Say good bye to T Bay Bombardier.
8/6/2014 3:55:04 PM
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