Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Sisters and Brothers,
Today members of Unifor Locals 112 and 673 walked out of their Bombardier aerospace plant in Downsview to call on Boeing to drop its trade complaint against the company. As past President of Local 112, I was proud to join the 1,500 workers at the rally to protect Canadian jobs and Canadian innovation.
Today’s action follows last week’s meeting with Boeing officials in Washington D.C. where I encouraged the company to drop allegations that Bombardier sold the C-Series plane at an artificially low price due to support from the Canadian and Quebec governments. There is still time for Boeing to withdraw its baseless complaint and seek a fair resolution with Bombardier before the ruling, which is expected next week.
Prior to today’s rally I spoke to BNN about the Boeing situation and the inherent flaws in Canada’s trade agreements. You can watch the interview here.
I’m writing with a link to the video that summarizes the proceedings of our 2017 Canadian Council: https://youtu.be/Go3fiHNtyIA
If you were a delegate, thank you for your contributions to another engaging and meaningful Council.
If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to watch the video and share it with your friends and family. Delegates made important contributions to the resolutions that will move our union forward, and our speakers inspired us to work even harder to achieve our goal of a better world.
Convention documents are available at unifor.org/canadiancouncil.
To find out how you can get more involved be sure to visit the Unifor website, subscribe to the member newsletter at unifor.org/subscribe or visit our Facebook page.
On behalf of the National Executive Board,
Robert J. Orr
August 12, 2017
Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
A cease and desist order has ended Occupy Northstar. At this time no further action is scheduled. Thank you to all who stood the line in solidarity for the past three days. Through our efforts we were able to bring this issue to the forefront and generate an important public discussion on pensions. Unifor will continue the fight for fair pensions for our Local 112 members and for all workers. Please stay tuned for further details.