THUNDER BAY, Ontario, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Some 700 Canadian workers at Bombardier Inc.'s railcar manufacturing plant in Thunder Bay, Ontario, were on strike Wednesday, union officials said.
The employees are members of the Canadian Auto Workers union and walked off the job Tuesday afternoon, Postmedia News said.
"Talks have been ongoing since April and the approximately 700 workers represented by CAW Local 1075 have been without a new contract since the agreement expired on May 31," the union said in a release. "Negotiations fell apart over [company] demands for cuts to the pension plan, particularly for new workers."
The plant has a $34 billion backlog of orders for lightweight passenger cars, subway cars and heavier regional transit passenger cars, Postmedia said.
Earlier this year, Bombardier, based in Montreal, announced two major layoffs in its aerospace division. In February, 1,360 jobs were cut internationally and 3,000 more aerospace jobs were cut in April in Canada, Northern Ireland, the United States and Mexico.
The company cited a decline in demand for its Learjet and Challenger business aircraft as the reason for the cuts.