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Bombardier Labour Action Centre gets extended

It was scheduled to shut down March 22, but will now stay open until October
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About 300 Bombardier workers are being laid off (TBNewswatch file)

THUNDER BAY — The province has agreed to extend the life of the Bombardier Labour Action Centre for another seven months.

It's good news for workers affected by the new round of layoffs that's affecting about three-quarters of the current workforce this spring.

The action centre was set to close March 22.

It was initially established in 2019 to support over 500 workers who were the first group to be laid off at the plant — now owned by Alstom — as contracts were completed.

The centre provides services to workers, employers and community partners affected by economic and labour market change.

Iain Angus, chair of the Bombardier Labour Adjustment Committee, said the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has approved funding to keep it operating through Oct. 22, 2022.

"We want to thank Minister [Monte} McNaughton, the senior staff ot he minister and especially the local staff for their assistance in getting the operation extended," said Angus.

He said the centre will work closely with the unions that represent the workers at the plant, along with Alstom, to ensure the workers receive the information they need for the transition to unemployment."

— TBNewswatch