Fedeli slams feds for Thunder Bay layoffs

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 13, 2019

Bombardier announced on Wednesday its intention to lay off 550 of its railway auto workers in the northwestern Ontario city beginning in November as two of its major contracts in the Greater Toronto Area come to a close.

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.

Reports say transportation giant Bombardier will be laying off 550 workers at its Thunder Bay plant.

"Minister Patricia Hajdu is doing a disservice to her constituents by playing politics with the livelihood of Bombardier employees whose jobs are now at risk if the Federal Liberal government does not quickly commit to funding the full federal share of Ontario's historic $28.5 billion transit expansion plan", Fedeli noted in a statement to BayToday.

Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said Wednesday that Ontario's premier failed to deliver on a promised contract for the facility in her hometown that could have saved jobs. "But the thing is, it doesn't look like things are going to go back up", he said in an interview.

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

"Now you're having a test at these of us bright from State Bay or working within the logging trade or the mining trade".

Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney confirmed layoffs were coming.

In a statement, Hajdu said her government has made historic investments in public transit but Ford left that money on the table instead of using it to help workers with Bombardier.

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

Pasqualino laid segment of the blame for a lack of newest contracts on the province, alternatively, announcing that "our buyer is the executive, it's now not folks".

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

"If officials would have moved quicker a year ago, we may have been able to avoid much of this", he said. "We wish to retain the wheels turning".

Last month, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford said Ontario's regional transportation agency, Metrolinx, extended an offer for 36 additional rail cars to Bombardier, but Pasqualino says the plant needs 10 times that amount to sustain employment.

The regional transit agency has also given Bombardier the option to slow down production of the 63 remaining rail cars slated for completion by year's end.

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

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