Ontario Bombardier workers reach tentative agreement

Deal reached after just one day on the picket line
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 08/11/2011

Striking Bombardier workers in Thunder Bay, Ont. have reached a tentative deal with the company, just one day after workers took to the picket line.

The Canadian Auto Workers Local 1075 had walked off the job Tuesday afternoon but both sides returned to negotiations the following morning. The union said that negotiations had broken down over pension plan details.

"We had to balance the concerns of a diverse membership while we were at the bargaining table," said CAW Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino in a press release. "It was a difficult round of negotiations, but I hope that members will be happy with this new agreement."

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orkers will vote on the new agreement on Saturday, bur picketing will continue until the deal is ratified.

Details of the agreement have not been released.

The 700 workers have been without a contract since May 31.

The Thunder Bay plant manufactures bi-level rail cars, street cars and subway cars, including those contracted by the City of Toronto for its subway and light rail services.

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