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2014-09-02 at 14:30

School supplies handed out to children of striking Bombardier workers

Children check out school supplies at Unifor Local 1075 Tuesday afternoon.
Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
Children check out school supplies at Unifor Local 1075 Tuesday afternoon.
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By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- While their union representatives head into the conference room, striking workers at Bombardier are getting ready to send their kids back to the classroom.

Unifor 1075's hall saw a steady stream of students Tuesday as more than 100 backpacks were handed out before noon.

More than $5,000 worth of donated school supplies were handed out to students of all ages as an estimated 500 of the 900 Bombardiers workers have school-age children.

Binders, lunch boxes, paper, duo-tangs and everything else was on display.

"They're pretty excited," Unifor Local 229's Vicki Dolph, one of several people helping students get ready said.

"And very happy to get all this stuff. They have everything they need here."

The union believes as many as 500 of the 900 striking workers have families with school-aged children. That fact coupled with back-to-school expenses led other locals and unions to rally to raise more than $4,500 so far for school supplies.

Meanwhile at Victoria Inn talks between Unifor and Bombardier resumed along with a provincial mediator to try and resolve the strike, now in its eighth week.

Both sides have agreed to a media blackout amid these new talks.


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progress now says:
A provincial mediator?

That is the best news we have heard yet.

Fingers crossed.
9/2/2014 2:34:18 PM
ngb says:
Mediator is great news, but the media blackout, in my opinion, is the best news we have heard yet.
9/2/2014 4:14:21 PM
Thook says:
All the politics and everything else aside. This strike has been hard on everyone. Everyone seems to have an opinion and that's fine. I think when this thing ends, what I will remember the most is the goodness that it has brought out of so many people, weather it is the workers on strike, other unions in the community helping out, Business owners or just an average person. The list of acts of kindness is endless. I can assure you, that everyone at local 1075 are extremely grateful! Thank you so much to everyone he has helped out, donated or just provided words of support.
T-jay Hook
9/2/2014 3:56:58 PM
Unions_Are says:
Your so right, seeing other Unions help other Unions and also those who are not in a union helping is inspiring, what a great feeling to belong to a great association of workers. Everything else said negatively is of No Consequence.
9/4/2014 3:48:35 PM
laurie says:
Are all these families single income?

There are a lot of single parents with kids in school who could use help too..

9/2/2014 5:33:35 PM
tbag4life420 says:
Laurie these were donations from fellow brothers and sisters that's the great thing about unions
9/3/2014 1:38:05 AM
CM Punk says:
Laurie I am glad you brought this up because I am sure my post will be viewed as something selfish and greedy.
I help those in need all the time.
Clothing donations, monetary donations through the pay cheque, food and toys during the holiday season because the need is great during that time.

But to help out these "poor" Bombardier workers and their children just do not fly with me. I mean they get paid very well for the work they do.
Just because mom and dad do not know how to budget now I gotta take care of their kids?
I don't think so.
You made them, you pay for them.

As I said in a previous post which was not posted on here but I will say it again.
The younger generation of workers need to realize the world does not revolve around them.
They get hired for full time job and go buy a house, cars, boats, campers, quads and other toys without thinking.
Then when a strike comes, they cry.

Sorry, your tree and yours to sit on.
9/3/2014 9:01:12 AM
thinker says:
cm punk
your statement could be said for those who are just plan lazy who feed off the system and wonderful people like you who help out for the right reasons.

my husband works at Bombardier we are not down there with our hand out , we budgeted and we dont own a the several cars or a boat or camper or snow machine .

please when making your comments about the workers on strike don't lump them into one category.
9/3/2014 11:25:56 AM
Eastender says:
I don't believe that the striking workers ever asked for a handout. The handouts were freely given as a show of support among other union brothers and sisters. So don't feel guilty for not contributing.
They were not seeking charity.
9/5/2014 12:44:06 PM
keiths31 says:
It's not in the article, but was mentioned in the news report on TBT last night that even some workers with college aged kids were accepting the donations? Seriously? I'm sorry, but with all the poverty people in real need of help, college aged 'kids' should be the last people accepting donations for school supplies. There was nothing stopping them from getting a part time job over the summer to help with their own needs.
9/3/2014 9:45:36 AM
northerngardener says:
Children should never have to suffer through the hands of others, but I have to admit, I lost support for the adults when a new broadcast was on, and complaints were being fired around for the shipping out of cars. One striking employee said to the camera "They can't do that, those are our cars, we built them."

No, the cars are not yours. They are Bombardiers. Your time and knowledge is what build the cars, and Bombardier paid your for that already. Please don't hold your employer hostage, just because they were gracious enough to give you a well paying job that many would love to have.
9/3/2014 11:21:40 AM
laurie says:
But if you choose to get a job and being in an union then you chance going on strike these days.

And its up to those voting that the strike goes on and continues.

Yes I am a college student and I'm not receiving any financial help what so ever. I worked to afford to go to school.

I don't point the fingers at all the families but sorry I think the children who are from needy single parent families is way more important than this.



9/3/2014 3:52:34 PM
AuntieJas says:
I guess you believe jobs are so plentiful I could choose one and work there without belonging to a union. Example, Graduate nurse applies TBRH can't work there if she's not in the UNION.
It's up to the company if this strike goes on, the union workers want to work but not to move backwards.
Good for you, these families that are on strike work to support a family, and the future of the family.
I guess I could use your thinking on this one, if your single and can't afford to have kids, and get pregnant and have kids, you want to be declared needy and have us support them. Well young lady, can't support them if we're on strike.
This is not Red Cross, Children's Wish or Unicef, it's Unions helping Unions, get it.
9/4/2014 11:00:03 AM
watchful says:
Donations to me have always meant to be for the poor, those without. When on strike force well paid job, that does not make you poor. part of being brothers and sisters in a union who chooses to strike means teaching your children the facts of life. Mom and dad have chosen to strike that means you go without. Basic fact of life. Or else pre buy a year prior to strike. Handouts for non poverty really does not sit well, especially college students
9/3/2014 8:15:06 PM
blackbird says:
What a terrific thoughtful thing to do, kudos to Local 229 and the other local Unions in supporting the children of parents involved in the strike action. The certain non-empathetic, bickering few do not understand this concept of unity and brotherhood, it's their lost. Their only thought is about "The Almighty Dollar". This is not about getting a tax receipt or going door to door with palms out begging, it is about a community/group of people showing support for each other. Let's get it straight, these brothers and sisters are NOT asking for anything. I DID NOT see a donation box or a TV ad calling for monetary support, because it isn't about Money. It is a positive gesture of Solidarity. And those College Students are still Children of the parents involved. Shame on those who would make it seem otherwise.
9/4/2014 9:01:24 AM
sg says:
I can't believe what a bunch of mean spirited people are on here! Single parents, single incomes, ill spouses, ill children, unexpected emergencies, living paycheque to paycheque. Does it matter? Was it your money?

Kindness is a virtue.....

Thank you all those who donated, and all those who organized this!
9/4/2014 9:48:13 AM
woofwoof says:
Can't afford school supplies???But they can buy those Tims coffees.They add up.
9/4/2014 11:04:00 AM
pc says:
With strikes being a fact of life for most workers anymore, here are a few tips I have learned being the wife of
a union man.
When it is contract year:
do not take the regular holidays. Save them to use when a strike is called. You have those extra couple weeks of pay coming in.
A month or so before the contract is up for voting stock up on staples. Meat, frozen veg. flour, pasta, fruits
and cereals.
If you have a child's birthday or Christmas to think about get the gifts early.
Talk to other parents about sharing day care with them so that when you are on picket duty or your husband is and you have to be at work you do not have to worry about seeing your child on the picket line. (It really is no
place for children)
Take time to be with your children and listen to their worries. Take them seriously when they say they are afraid
they will starve. If you have food in the house show it all to them. Let them plan a meal and help you prepare
them. It will ease some of that anxiety
9/4/2014 11:28:58 AM
pc says:
Continued.
If you end up moving because of a job in another city don't look at it as a horrible thing. Make it into an adventure.
Moves can be wonderful things if you go into them with the right attitude.
So prepare for bad times but pray you never have to use those preps.
Yes you will be called a prepper but that is not a bad thing. It is simply looking out for your family for when times are not so easy.
It is wonderful what people do to help each other but it is even more wonderful not to have to rely on the goodness of others.
9/4/2014 11:32:00 AM
watchful says:
Brothers, sisters, unity, corporate greed etc, etch, We must unite to fight the corporate greedy, how about going to mother Russia. Then you could all be equal. We live a democratic society that promotes business and prosperity. If you had to run your own company, your goal would be to make a profit. Unfortunately we do not live include the old days. As a responsible adult, you should be saving for your own pension and benefits. The day of freebies has ended. Welcome to the 21st century. Blame global economy and those of you dumb enough to have voted Liberal.
9/4/2014 10:51:04 PM
moi says:
Well now!,seeing as the latest information about the talks/mediation have stated..
"..confirmed that both sides mutually agreed to take a break."
"There is no word on when talks will resume."
Unifor local 1075, walked off the job,and voted in favour of staying out.
Hey union members (that voted no to Bombardier's offer)--how's that strike thingy wurkin' for ya, still think going on strike was such a great idea? You made your bed...many of your fellow citizens of Thunder Bay have little to no sympathy left for this strike. Winter's coming, better leave the hall set-up,'cause I'm guessing the food hampers/Halloween/Thanksgiving hampers will be next on the list to be handed out to the circle walkers of Unifor local 1075.Really a shame that the offer wasn't accepted, if you members were working fulltime,instead of drawing a measy 250 bucks,(gas money for those big 4X4 gas hogs)on strike pay..you'd be able to at least think ahead to buying Christmas gifts.Too bad,so sad--no sympathy.
9/5/2014 8:23:48 PM
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