Ontario Bombardier collective agreement ratified

Wages hikes, pension boosts part of new deal: Union
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 07/13/2017
Collective agreement
The new collective agreement also includes a general wage increase of 10 cents per hour a year for production workers and 30 cents per hour for skilled trades. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

Members of Unifor Local 1075 in Thunder Bay, Ont., ratified a new three-year collective agreement with Bombardier July 9.

"Unifor members are proud to build transit vehicles for Toronto and other cities, and this new contract is fair to them while helping ensure that smooth production continues," said Jerry Dias Unifor national president.

The new collective agreement includes a seven-day work week for key work stations at the plant and new classifications for Bombardier Academy Trainers.

Unifor Local 1075 President Dominic Pasqualino said the provisions will help with production of vehicles at the plant, including the new streetcars being rolled out by the Toronto Transit Commission.

"We went into these talks with the needs of the transit services we supply at the top of our mind," said Pasqualino. "With this collective agreement, we have taken steps to help the company meet its obligations, while improving job security for our members."

The new collective agreement also includes a general wage increase of $0.10 per hour for production workers and $0.30 per hour for skilled trades, as well as pension increases each year and a fold-in cost of living allowance. There are also increases to eye glasses and other benefits, said the union.

"This contract is fair to all members while meeting the needs of the company and its customers," said Pasqualino.

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