* Company supports report, union position not known
* Full production may resume Thursday morning
* Workers on strike since Nov. 1
TORONTO, Dec 4 Workers at a Bombardier Inc
railcar factory in the Canadian province of Quebec
will vote Wednesday night on a conciliator's recommendation that
could end a month-long strike, the company said on Tuesday.
Bombardier said it backs a report submitted on Sunday by
conciliator Jean Poirier, while the Confederation of National
Trade Unions said it would disclose its position to members just
ahead of the vote.
Neither side has revealed the recommendations contained in
Some 330 workers at the plant in La Pocatiere, which is 360
km (225 miles) northeast of Montreal, walked off the job Nov. 1
over issues around outsourcing, pension funding and salary.
Their contract expired on Sept. 30, 2011.
If the workers agree to the conciliator's recommendations,
full production can resume Thursday morning, said Bombardier
spokesman Marc Laforge.
The plant, which makes rail equipment for customers
including the Toronto Transit Commission, New Jersey Transit and
the Chicago Transit Authority, has honored commitments to
customers, as it has 200 non-union employees who have taken over
some factory work, Laforge said.
Separately, members of the machinists' union at Bombardier's
Learjet facility in Wichita, Kansas, voted last month to accept
a proposed contract. That ended a five-week strike which hinged
on healthcare issues.
Shares of Bombardier, the world's largest passenger railcar
maker and third-biggest plane maker, were down 6 Canadian cents
at C$3.33 on the Toronto Stock Exchange at midday on Tuesday.
The stock has dropped about 18 percent in the year-to-date,
largely amid worries about the development schedule for the
company's new C-Series jets.