Bombardier Toronto Union Could Strike June 23 If No Deal
Union workers at Bombardier's Downsview plant in Toronto assemble the Global 7500, the Global 5000 and the Q400 turboprops.
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MONTREAL, June 7 (Reuters) - Canadian workers who assemble Bombardier Inc's turboprops and the company's new top-of-the-line business jet have threatened to go on strike as early as June 23, unless a negotiated wage deal is reached, the union chairman of their Toronto plant said on Thursday.
Merv Gray, plant chairman for Unifor local 112, told Reuters by telephone that the 1,600 workers are looking for greater job security on the company's strong-selling Global 7500 business jet, among other demands.
The long-range jet, which is to enter service this year, is a critical part of the Canadian plane-and-train-maker's strategy to grow business aircraft revenues to $8.5 billion in 2020, up from $5 billion in 2017.
While Gray stressed the union is pushing for a three-year contract to replace the agreement that expires on June 23, failure to reach a deal could lead to a strike that day depending "on how close we are."