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Laid-off Bombardier workers en route to finding new roles at company and beyond

Laid-off Bombardier workers en route to finding new roles at company and beyond
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MONTREAL -- The CEO and union leaders at Bombardier Inc. say the plane-and-train maker is well on the way to finding new work for recently laid-off employees.

Bombardier says filling different positions within the Montreal-based company, finding jobs with other employers or reverting to part-time work are part of the so-called "reclassification" process.

Last November, the plane-and-train-maker announced about 5,000 layoffs -- 2,500 of them in Quebec and 500 in Ontario -- as part of a restructuring plan that the company says will save it US$250 million a year.

Chief executive Alain Bellemare says that so far about 20 per cent of laid-off employees in Quebec, or roughly 500 workers, have been reclassified, often finding other roles at the 77-year-old company or elsewhere in the province s aerospace sector.

David Chartrand, Quebec co-ordinator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, says that no workers he represents have lost their jobs to date.
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