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2014-09-02 at 16:42

Contract talks between Bombardier, Unifor continue behind media blackout

By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Contract talks are still underway between Bombardier and Unifor Local 1075. 

The two sides resumed negotiations Tuesday morning, in hopes of resolving the seven-week long strike.

The meetings are taking place behind closed doors at the Victoria Inn.  A total media blackout has been issued for the duration of the talks, so it's unclear at this time what either side is asking for or negotiating. 

What is known is that a significant numbers of office employees at the Thunder Bay plant have been temporarily laid off while the strike continues. 

The talks resumed one week after a vote by union members, which saw 81-percent turn down the last offer by the company. 

(TBT News)

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TBAY Opinion says:
I guess no news is good news.
9/5/2014 8:37:37 AM
hounddog says:
A media black out is a good thing, means both sides are still talking and noone has left the table. Here's to a mutually agreeable/beneficial agreement.
9/4/2014 10:39:50 AM
dockboy says:
As I write this comment it is day 3 of the talks which started Tuesday. Hopefully, they can hammer out an agreemnet now that they're behind closed doors and away from the media circus.
9/4/2014 10:20:49 AM
unknowncronik says:
Hopefully bombardier decides not to pull out of here because of this strike.

I understand wanting a better wage, but at what cost to your families?

There aren't enough jobs around here as it is already, but may force bombardier to just say screw it and leave...

I really hope these workers know what they are doing & what the end result could be for them.
9/3/2014 11:02:35 AM
RicknB says:
" I really hope these workers know what they are doing & what the end result could be for them. "

Dumbest comment of the year award for you!
9/4/2014 8:59:39 AM
sg says:
Again - they have asked for status quo. Whatever the company has offered has also been downgraded by the concessions requested. As such it amounts to a reduction - and not a little one for some workers.
9/4/2014 9:50:44 AM
educator says:
The company waged a media campaign to try and discredit Unifor and break the union, an attempt that clearly backfired on Bombardier.

And now there's a media blackout, talk about going from one extreme to another.

Stay strong brothers and sisters!
9/2/2014 11:03:02 PM
progress now says:
Excellent news.

No reason not to hope for the best.
9/2/2014 9:46:53 PM
Thook says:
No one has been laid off. They have received notice that they MAY be laid off.
9/2/2014 9:46:45 PM
Stanley says:
Actually Thook, we (COPE) have all been given our 2 week layoff notice.

Yes, we were told that some layoff notices may be cancelled or extended, but as it stands right now, 150 of us will be out next Friday.
9/3/2014 6:40:05 AM
sonny_jim says:
I may be wrong, but I seem to recall CAW at Bombardier going on strike to support COPE a few years ago...
9/3/2014 3:39:09 PM
localboy says:
This is definitely incorrect. COPE hasn't been on strike in decades.
9/4/2014 7:40:13 AM
RicknB says:
COPE members were crossing the picket line!

When I was working for the Local 628, we would never cross a picket line. Even my employer refused to cross and sent us to a different job.
Nice stab in the back COPE.
9/4/2014 8:50:16 AM
Country_Living says:
Good on COPE, I support every one of them that crossed the line. If I worked at Bombardier I would be doing the same. At least they have the sense to realize the strike is frivolous.
9/4/2014 12:38:31 PM
Stanley says:
Some COPE members refused to cross the picket line on the second day of the strike to show their respect and were reprimanded for it.

Choosing to not cross the picket line is choosing to not come to work, giving the company full right to terminate my employment. I am not about to lose my job just to "show my respect".
9/4/2014 2:33:12 PM
Country_Living says:
The entirety of the office staff has now been issued a lay off notice as a direct result of this strike. Another 200-something very well paying jobs that Thunder Bay is at risk of losing because of union nonsense.

I sincerely hope that UNIFOR comes to their senses and realize that they're already making more than they deserve, and that they probably shouldn't push the issue any further.

Unless they figure this city could stand to have over a thousand families on the unemployment line...?
9/2/2014 6:14:24 PM
Eastender says:
Your I D should be CHICKEN LITTLE
Repeat in high tone falcetto, "The sky is falling, the sky is falling"
9/3/2014 1:03:39 AM
ring of fire dude says:
Yes , but they can receive pogey if they are laid off .
9/3/2014 1:12:30 AM
blueox says:
Country_Poke, your right this needs to end ,except it's BOMBARDIER that has to come to their senses and realize they can't exploit the Union or the workers as in the past. Stop this frivolous game for The cities sake. Stop with the concessions, what has changed in the last decade besides becoming even more profitable, this will and does not look good in the face of the city, province, country and share holders.
9/3/2014 12:02:59 PM
Country_Living says:
One of the things that I can't really wrap my head around is the argument that "Bombardier has posted increased profitability. Therefore my wage should increase." The sense of entitlement makes no sense. Most employees make industry standard if not more when you factor in benefits, pension, sick days, etc...
Bombardier Transportation is a publicly traded company, if you want to share in their profitability maybe you should buy shares. It would probably provide some incentive to go back to work as well.
9/4/2014 12:34:32 PM
blackbird says:
Get this employees believe their entitled crap out of your head, this is the untruth spread by anti-union bozo's, the union has had no chance to ask for anything, all they want is to keep up with the standard's in Ontario. The Company wants to exploit by believing the Union is weak thereby continuing with the Concessions. Even when their Final Offer was given they're back to the bargaining table. Listen Bombardier has used this tactic before, they keep probing to create a division then jump in and exploit it. Do you know what the Company pays for in Pension, sick days and benefits? Please share this knowledge, everyone would like to know. Let's see the numbers and we'll also like to see the managers numbers, the golden handshake costs and perks, enlightened us with your knowledge.
9/4/2014 5:05:12 PM
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