Teamsters reach tentative deal with Bombardier

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said on Friday it has reached a tentative labor deal with Bombardier Inc for its 350 members who operate and service Ontario’s Go Transit trains and equipment.

The contract, which took 18 months to negotiate, is to cover a three-year period to 2012. The union’s bargaining committee will recommend ratification to the shop trade workers, crew dispatchers and onboard operating crews employed by Bombardier.

“There were hurdles to overcome and a significant number of issues to address for the membership,” said George MacPherson, general chairman of division 660 of the union.

Details of the agreement will be made public if approved by the membership, the union said. It is the first collective agreement negotiated since the Teamsters union was certified two years ago.

Reporting by Susan Taylor; editing by Janet Guttsman