CAW Members Ratify Three-Year Agreement at Bombardier

November 12, 2008, 2:04 PM EST

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CAW Local 1075 members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new three-year collective agreement with Bombardier. The contract covers nearly 600 production and skilled trades workers at the company's rail car manufacturing facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Contract highlights include a wage increase of $1.20 per hour (including a COLA fold-in), a pension increase of 9 per cent, stronger contracting-out language for trades workers and new pension indexing provisions along with other benefit and contract language improvements. The union and company also agreed to provide a $5,000 bonus for any employee retiring before the contact expires in June 2011.

"The bargaining committee worked long and hard to negotiate substantial gains for our members in this contact and we are pleased," said CAW Local 1075 President Paul Pugh.

"This contract is a testament to the strength and perseverance of our negotiating team and the solid support we received from our membership."

The Thunder Bay rail car facility is currently working on multi-million dollar projects for the City of Toronto and Minneapolis St. Paul transit systems as well as trucks (bogies) for the City of Vancouver and Malaysia.

The state-of-the-art facility established in 1912 by the Canadian Car and Foundry Co. of Montreal to produce railway boxcars is one of Canada's oldest and most renowned manufacturing operations. The plant began manufacturing passenger railcars in 1963. Bombardier took over the facility in 1992.

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