deHavilland Bombardier Fight Back

Toronto, Ontario

September 19, 2002


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deHavilland Bombardier Fight Back
deHavilland Bombardier Fight Back
dated September 19, 2002

Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 19, 2002
       Montreal based Bombardier has to stop stripping jobs from the deHavilland plant in Downsview, Toronto, and reinvest in the facility which has been building aircraft for over 70 years. Bob Hamilton, CAW Local 112 plant chair, says the first step is to bring back the jobs that have been contracted out.

Bob Hamilton
Local 112 Plant Chair

       "What do we need today? Job security. Exactly, first we need a commitment from Bombardier to sustain all the work currently performed at this site. No more actions such as was taken in the case of our machine shop or against our cleaner sweepers. Second, work which is currently being done elsewhere, that proves to be economically feasible be repatriated to the Downsview site, must be returned."

       The federal and provincial governments have to invest in the future of the deHavilland plant. Expanding the Toronto City Centre airport, which would result in orders for 15 or more Dash 8 turboprops to be built at deHavilland, is critical according to Hamilton.

Bob Hamilton
Local 112 Plant Chair

       "In order to send a clear message to city council, all those in favour of the bridge to the Island airport please signify by showing hands and saying aye. Aye!"

       CAW National Secretary Treasurer Jim O'Neil urged the federal and provincial governments to get involved and be part of the solution.

Jim O'Neil
CAW Secretary Treasurer

       "All I'm saying, both to the federal and provincial governments and the city council, it's time they got off their ass. It's time they invested in this workforce here in the greater Toronto area and keep the jobs here."

       The rally attracted politicians, including former Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall, and business people who expressed their support of the union's fight back for jobs.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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