Canada's Bombardier to lay off 550 workers at Ontario rail plant

Lloyd Doyle
July 13, 2019

"Bombardier's decision to make massive lay-offs at its Thunder Bay manufacturing plant is devastating for the workers, their families, the community of Thunder Bay and region".

Bombardier Inc. blamed the wind down of two important contracts and the Snatch The United States Act for its willpower to layoff 550 workers at its plant in State Bay, Ont. efficient early November.

In a statement Tuesday, Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney urged the company to work with her government to come to an agreement to save jobs at the Thunder Bay plant.

Fedeli said the federal government, under Justin Trudeau, has yet to commit to funding the "full federal share" of Ford's $28.5 billion transit expansion project announced in April.

Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says in a statement that Ontario Premier Doug Ford failed to deliver on a promised contract for the facility in her hometown that could have saved jobs.

"As soon as I found out there might be a layoff, I put my money where my mouth is", he said while speaking to reporters in Saskatoon on Wednesday.

It's half of the workforce at the northern Ontario plant, which manufactures rail vehicles.

Hajdu said she would look at what options are available to the federal government to help workers, including additional employment insurance benefits or work-sharing arrangements.

"Now you're looking at these people moving from Thunder Bay or working in the logging industry or the mining industry".

Ontario transportation agency Metrolinx, which expects to complete its order for 291 Bombardier bi-level commuter coaches in February 2020, began "discussions with Bombardier some time ago to order more coaches", the agency's chief executive, Phil Verster, said in an emailed statement.

In an interview with Tbnewswatch, Pasqualino said it's essential for the two senior governments to work together to help the plant get new orders.

It is not enough for the Province to express disappointment with Bombardier's decision today; action must be taken to correct this devastating situation!

"Every day that the federal and provincial government don't get together and sign a new contract, it's going to be another day that my people are going to be laid off".

Pasqualino says the rest of the blame lies south of the border, with the Trump administration and its "Buy American" policies, which require a minimum threshold of local content.

The threshold for local content requirements on public transportation projects in the USA now sits at 65 per cent, and will climb to 70 per cent this fall.

The transportation company's layoffs mark Bombardier's latest downsizing move in an ongoing effort to improve profitability.

"It should never have come to this".

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