Bombardier should maintain Thunder Bay plant amid Metrolinx talks: Fedeli


Hundreds of jobs at the Bombardier rail auto plant are on the chopping block. "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.

The layoffs will take effect on November 4 as the company's contracts to build streetcars for the Toronto Transit Commission and another contract with Metrolinx to build passenger rail cars are slated to end within weeks of each other.

Local union leader Dominic Pasqualino says he's anxious about more job losses in the future as the contracts get closer to winding down.

Last month, the Ontario government announced it had given Metrolinx a mandate to procure an additional 36 bi-level cars from the Thunder Bay plant, and had given the company the option of extending the timeline for delivery of the existing order for 63 cars. "It looks like these layoffs are coming, and I can't tell them when they're coming back". The company said in a statement that the decision was unavoidable because a contract to build tramways and streetcars for the city of Toronto was winding up and no new contracts were on the way.

Fedeli slammed Hajdu and the federal Liberal government, saying it has not committed to "funding the full federal share onf Ontario's historic $28.5-billion transit expansion plan".

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

He also pointed the finger at the Trump administration, which has backed Buy America-like clauses requiring a minimum threshold of local content.

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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.

Ford said the province plans to bolster work at the plant by moving up a $130-million GO transit contract to build 36 more passenger rail cars, called BiLevel cars.

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.

Ontario is planning a historic transit investment, and the hope is that Bombardier will be a key player in that initiative, Fedeli said. Ford has previously said the province will pay for the entire project if Ottawa won't help.

"We're going to maintain an empty plant in 2020", he talked about Tuesday.

Bombardier, a Canadian-based global transportation giant, has been downsizing its aerospace and railway operations for several years as it attempts to improve profitability.