July 14, 2014 4:26 am

Workers at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant threaten to strike Monday

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THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Workers at Bombardier’s light rail plant in Thunder Bay, Ont. are threatening to strike Monday as their union says contract talks are mired in difficulty.

Unifor National President Jerry Dias says Bombardier walked away from talks on Saturday and subsequent conversations have not brought the two sides much closer.

The union has said its 900 members will walk out at 2 p.m. ET Monday if a deal is not reached.

Dias says the company wants to make changes to pensions and benefits that are unacceptable and the union is also worried about outsourcing of work and possible future layoffs.

A Bombardier spokesman says the company is determined to reach a deal where it remains competitive and can help it to bring more work to Thunder Bay.

There was a brief strike in 2011 over similar issues and Dias says Bombardier should be under no illusions about the workers’ determination.

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