Bombardier, like other planemakers, is going through a challenging market. There have been production rate cuts and the Lear 60 line is paused right now – also a concern to employees who fear more layoffs. "We had made good strides in the 'non-ecs,' and we were kind of hoping in the economics it would go equally as fair,” says Machinists District President Frank Molina, Jr. “But we have had a lot of takeaways in the economic side, which is something we can't live with realistically."Bombardier spokeswoman Peggy Gross says the company is "committed to the negotiation process and is looking forward to finding a resolution that's equitable to both parties as well as continuing our commitment to the long term success of our site. "
The contract vote is scheduled for Saturday at the Cotillion Ballroom.