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2014-09-01 at 13:03

Unifor hopes to end to strike as talks resume Tuesday

Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

This Labour Day means a little more for striking workers in Thunder Bay.

On the picket line Monday outside of Bombardier Unifor Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino, who represents around 900 striking workers, said the day hits home this year.

"I think once it's hitting your own backyard you understand the issues a lot more," he said.

With shorter hours and safer conditions, Pasqualino said organized labour has always fought to make things better for the next generation. But this generations seems to be targeted by companies.

"I think this might be the first generation that might have a harder time than their forefathers had," Pasqualino said.

It's something that needs to continue. And with the help of other unions, families of striking workers will be able to use nearly $5,000 in donated supplies as kids head back to school Tuesday.

There could also be an end to the strike in sight as Bombardier and Unifor head back to the bargaining table Tuesday. Pasqualino said he looks forward to some good conversation.

"And maybe ending this as soon as possible," he said.

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bob roberts says:
talks started today at local hotel with a mediator brought in to help get a resolution from the provincial government. After a few meetings lets see if the company or union can reach a compromise and get back to work.
9/2/2014 11:59:54 AM
keiths31 says:
"I think this might be the first generation that might have a harder time than their forefathers had," Pasqualino said.

WHAT??? No generation has ever had it harder than the previous one in regards to working conditions, benefits, wages, etc. How can he seriously say that with a straight face?
9/2/2014 8:29:07 AM
bttnk says:
@keiths31 - You are sadly misinformed. The writing is on the wall that the current working generation, the new grads, new hires have the hardest environment in terms of total compensation (wages, benefits) then any other generation by a country mile.
9/2/2014 9:59:14 AM
smartguy83 says:
Which leads into the question. Why is UNIFOR special
9/2/2014 11:27:43 AM
oscarmyerweiner says:
I believe there is no stupid question, until now......
9/2/2014 1:33:29 PM
trips says:
Tuesdays meeting will be for bombardier to tell this union to stock up on the firewood that's used for the burn barrels cause its going to be a long cold winter picketing
9/1/2014 1:37:55 PM
oscarmyerweiner says:
Can't tell if you work for the company or just another jealous minimum wage worker who is misinformed about this strike. Either way you are misinformed.
9/2/2014 6:54:42 AM
CM Punk says:
Unifor need to talk directly to Bombardier, not some know it all spokesperson who is only interested in bringing the union to court, move rail cars and have other workers do their jobs.

So hopefully these talks materialize into something so not only both sides can see an end to the strike, but the community as a whole can get back to normal.
Just shows you how fragile Blunder Bay is because with big employers like Bombardier, Resolute, after that its the city which is top heavy, hydro and the two school boards.

If you don't work in any of those, you are nada.
9/1/2014 1:35:44 PM
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