New Agreement at Bombardier Thunder Bay

August 19, 2011, 4:25 PM EST

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CAW Local 1075 members who work at Bombardier's Thunder Bay rail car plant have overwhelmingly ratified a new collective agreement that resists concession demands, bringing an end to a three-day strike.

More than 700 Local 1075 members went on strike August 9 after talks broke down over demands for concessions on pensions. Production workers voted 94 per cent in favour of the new agreement and skilled trades 86 per cent.

CAW Area Director Tom Murphy said the strong fight back by members and the solidarity of the bargaining committee ensured that pension benefits were protected.

"If it wasn't for the determination of the committee and the support of the membership we wouldn't have been able to defeat these concessions and new hires would have been without benefits when they retired and we would have faced other rollbacks," Murphy said.

CAW Local 1075 President Dominic Pasqualino said there were many days of tough contract talks with the company, but no settlement until after the strike.

"I think this strike would have been totally unnecessary if the company had removed the concessions and brought a reasonable offer to the table a day earlier," said Pasqualino.

He thanked the membership and the bargaining committee for their enthusiastic support and hard work.

"This strike has made our membership a lot stronger," Pasqualino said.

The Bombardier Thunder Bay facility manufactures bi-level rail cars, street cars and subway cars.

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