Bombardier to lay off 550 workers at its Thunder Bay, Ont. plant

THUNDER BAY ON- April 5 The Bombardier plant

Bombardier has been winning work and expanding its rail vehicle manufacturing in the United States, including the June announcement of a new facility in California that will assemble rail cars for San Francisco's rapid transit system by year-end. "We lag the corporate to work with the provincial executive to come to an settlement that would see jobs remain on the State Bay plant", Mulroney talked about in a observation.

"Our Government has made historic investments in public transit, but Doug Ford has left that money on the table".

The Montreal-basically based totally airplane and put collectively producer talked about in a observation Wednesday there are now not any orders following the end two Ontario transit initiatives for Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Rate, both of that can wrap up within just a few weeks of each other later this year. "They've done absolutely nothing to support these people in Thunder Bay".

Local union president Dominic Pasqualino says he fears more job losses are on the horizon beyond the initial 550 as the contracts wind down.

Bombardier laying off 550 workers at its Thunder Bay, Ont. plant, according to a federal government source.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Bombardier noted the layoffs should come as no surprise to the province or the feds.

Pasqualino said he's "happy with 36, but we need 360".

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

Bombardier has told government officials that they need to be producing more than 100 railcars a year to keep the plant operating at current levels, something that they can't do.

"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".

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.

Both Mauro and Pasqualino have pointed to Buy America clauses in US transportation contracts under the Trump administration as hampering Bombardier's ability to land new orders.

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

The transportation giant has been downsizing its aerospace and railway operations for several years as it attempts to improve profitability.

Last month, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford said Metrolinx had extended an offer to buy 36 rail cars from Bombardier.

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