New Deal at Bombardier in Thunder Bay

August 11, 2011, 11:25 AM EST


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Workers at Bombardier's Thunder Bay rail car manufacturing facility could soon be back on the job after the CAW Local 1075 reached a tentative agreement with the company late Wednesday night.

Members will vote on the new deal at a ratification meeting on Saturday.

CAW Local 1075 President Dominic Pasqualino said that for many of the members, it would have been their first time out on strike. Bombardier has hired approximately 200 new people since January, right up until last week.

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

More than 700 CAW Local 1075 members went out on strike on August 9, after a breakdown in negotiations over demands for pension concessions.  Talks resumed the next day and a deal was reached later that evening.

The current contract expired on May 31. The Bombardier Thunder Bay facility manufactures bi-level rail cars, street cars and subway cars.

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