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2014-07-22 at 10:45

LETTER: Workers not impeded

Dan Muzzin, COPE Local 81
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To the editor:

The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 81 is the bargaining unit of office and support staff at Bombardier Transportation Inc. in Thunder Bay.

Our work involves supporting both Bombardier management and Unifor workers. Our Sisters and Brothers in Unifor have exercised their legal right to strike. At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 14, Unifor workers legally walked out. When the COPE workday ended at 4:30pm, our members were met with camaraderie from the Unifor picket line. 

For the first few days of the strike, there were delays entering and exiting the premises. It is our understanding that Unifor is exercising their legal right to engage people crossing the picket line. Shortly after, Unifor began identifying COPE members waiting to enter and exit the premises and expedited their crossing.

To our knowledge, Unifor picketers have not intimidated or threatened any COPE members when entering or exiting work. The picketers have been humble and respectful. We have received no complaints thus far. Our members have been welcomed on the picket line by the Unifor bargaining unit.

We hope that Unifor and Bombardier come to an equitable agreement so prosperity can flourish for both the employees and the company.

We look forward to seeing our sisters and brothers back to work soon. Workers at the Thunder Bay plant deliver high quality industry-leading transportation products and look forward to the future as we endeavour to strengthen our relationships between the Unions, the company, and our valued customers.


Dan Muzzin,
Bargaining committee, C.O.P.E. Local 81

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Marak says:
Yeah right, because picket lines are historically so quiet and peaceful... I got no issue with a unions right to strike or even "engaging" people walking by, but blocking them or forcing them to wait with a specter of violence when they clearly just want to walk somewhere unimpeded is a different matter altogether...
7/22/2014 4:15:45 PM
YellowSnow13 says:
So workers are not impeded but you will hold up a vehicle for 4 hours! You serious! The only thing you are doing is making relations with the company that much worse. I guess you like being outside in the summer. Oh wait, one day winter will be here. Then what?
7/22/2014 4:29:57 PM
sg says:
The VP not the regular workers.
7/23/2014 11:36:27 AM
oscarmyerweiner says:
How would you like them to strike? It's there jobs and lives at stake here !!! There is nothing nice about a strike especially when the company does not want to meet with the union. And by the way Rivers was only held for 2 hours but with a passage for him to walk through. In which he chose not to. Do you think he is undeserving of the opinions of his workers? He is supposed to be there leader and instead he decides to play games with there livelihood. Respect is earned not just given. Good jobs are hard to find yes, but good jobs are also worth fighting for!
7/23/2014 10:43:08 PM
pitbull4074 says:
It's fun to read comments of people who are totally in the dark about things but like to give their two cents anyway....very entertaining...sad...but entertaining
7/23/2014 2:24:48 PM
Wazzman says:
And when winter comes if we have not settled then they will still be there picketing same as today there bud i am sure if that you need to realize nobody want to be off strike majority of these people have families and mortgages aswell why so negative unreal
7/24/2014 7:33:41 AM
spazz says:
Did either of you even read the letter? It was written by the union that is supposedly being harrased and having such a hard time getting into work. It was not written by the union on strike right now.
7/24/2014 1:25:03 PM
udecide says:
Close it down. Dont be bullied by unions. Pitbull4074, start packing for your move.
7/25/2014 7:45:23 AM
humnchuck says:
So you'd rather the plant closed completely and hundreds of career positions were lost to our community rather than any kind of settlement?
7/28/2014 9:25:07 AM
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