February 22, 2019 6:09 pm

Bombardier helps laid-off workers find new roles within company and beyond

IN this Dec. 2018 file photo, Francis Masse shines up Bombardier's new jetliner, the Global 7500, the longest-range business jet in the world at the company's finishing plant in Montreal.

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The CEO and union leaders at Bombardier Inc. say the plane-and-train maker is well on the way to finding new work for recently laid-off employees.

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Bombardier says filling different positions within the Montreal-based company, finding jobs with other employers or reverting to part-time work are part of the so-called “reclassification” process.

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Last November, the plane-and-train-maker announced about 5,000 layoffs — 2,500 of them in Quebec and 500 in Ontario — as part of a restructuring plan that the company says will save it US $250 million a year.

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Chief executive Alain Bellemare says that so far about 20 per cent of laid-off employees in Quebec, or roughly 500 workers, have been reclassified, often finding other roles at the 77-year-old company or elsewhere in the province’s aerospace sector.

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David Chartrand, Quebec co-ordinator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, says that no workers he represents have lost their jobs to date.

Bellemare has said the reclassification process will take 18 months in total.

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