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Aircraft Workers Continue to Strike

Union rejects “insufficient offer” from Bombardier

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1350 aircraft workers continue to strike after rejecting what their union describes as Bombardier's “final offer.” Unifor asserts the package is insufficient for their members. "As a result, the strike at the Bombardier facility will continue," the Unifor 112 and 673's bargaining team said.

The strike began on June 23 after Bombardier failed to present an adequate contract package to the union. "Both parties remain apart on key union priorities,” said the union's bargaining team last Tuesday. 

The 1,350 workers are responsible for building Bombardier's Global series planes at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, including the Global 5500, 6500, and 7500 business jets.

In 2021, more than 2,000 workers at the Bombardier Downsview plant in Mississauga, Ontario, also went on strike. The Downsview plant was used to manufacture Bombardier's Global series before production shifted to the Pearson plant in 2024.

During the 2021 strike, the transition from the Downsview plant to Pearson was key in the contract negotiations. Because of collective action and striking, the workers were able to secure solid packages. According to Bombardier, 2,000 jobs were relocated from Downsview to the Pearson production plant. "This is a forward-looking contract that ensures our rights as the company prepares to relocate," Unifor Local 112 representative Scott McIlmoyle said in 2021.

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