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  The Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union joined together in 2013 to become Unifor. CAW Local 1075 became Unifor Local 1075.

CAW Local 1075 was formed in 1952, when workers at the A.V. Roe Canadian Car and Foundry plant in Thunder Bay voted to leave the International Association of Machinists and join the United Auto Workers, forming Local 1075. Over the years, the Local has made progress in negotiations with the various owners of the plant, including Hawker Siddeley, UTDC, Lavalin and its present owner, Bombardier.

The plant has a long history, dating back to the end of World War I. During these years, workers of the Thunder Bay plant ďCan CarĒ have produced boxcars, minesweepers, many types of aircraft ( from biplanes to jet fighters, but most famously the Hawker Hurricane and Curtis Helldiver during World War II), busses, tree harvesters, pre-fab housing for the arctic, truck trailers and, since the late 1970ís, mass transit rail vehicles (e.g. streetcars, subway trains, commuter trains).

At various times, Local 1075 members have had to tough it out during long strikes, and at other times, shake up politicians in order to prevent the plantís closing. Following a mass lay off in December 2003, the plant is experienced a prolonged shortage of work and the Local is once again engaged in many types of political action in order to secure work for itís members. Local 1075 was active in forming the CAW Heavy Truck, Bus and Specialty Vehicle Council.

The Local's campaign to secure work was successful when, on December 21, 2006, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) signed a contract with Bombardier for 234 subway cars. This was followed up with the June 2009 signing of a TTC streetcar contract which provides work until 2015. The Local' stuggle for jobs was central to the "Canadian Manufacturing" campaign of the CAW and CLC. The campaign for Canadian manufacturing continues.
 



Last Updated: July 21, 2014 5:20:55 PM