Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bombardier to lay off 180 workers by year’s end

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Bombardier Inc. is laying off 180 blue-and white-collar workers temporarily at its La Pocatiere, Quebec, railcar plant by the end of the year, attributing the move to a decline in orders from U.S. customers and delays in a contract anticipated to come from Montreal.

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The layoffs, which began last month, will total about 40 by the end of July, said Bombardier spokesman Marc-Andre Lefebvre. “These are temporary layoffs of unionized workers, and they will be recalled as soon as orders comein and the workload rebounds,” he said. “They keep their seniority, but if there's no order pickup, it will mean the plant’s payroll will have dropped from about 500 early this year to 240 by year-end.”

Lefebvre said the La Pocatiere slowdown won't directly affect Bombardier's St. Bruno, Quebec, operation, producing monorail and light rail equipment, or the company’s Thunder Bay, Ontario, plant, working on orders from Toronto for subway cars and light rail equipment.