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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 1912. During these years, workers of the Thunder Bay plant “Can Car” 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 1970’s, mass transit rail vehicles (e.g. streetcars, subway trains, commuter trains).

We are currently working on Bi-level GO Trains and LRV streetcars. The Company has spent 5 million dollars on improvements to the plant in the spring of 2017 to help meet the aggressive schedule to deliver LRV and Bi-Level cars on time. The Union is working fervently with the Company to deliver the cars on time. In our last collective agreement the focus was on our customer. We added language in the Collective Agreement that provides for a seven day operation in bottleneck areas as well as the development of the Bombardier Academy Training Centre.


Last Updated: August 15, 2017 2:52:35 PM