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being manufactured by Bombardier in Thunder Bay.
A lot of eyes are on this strike because of larger implications for labour across the country. Bombardier has made an offer that it believes is fair, and helps the company 'maintain competitive operating costs' so that they can continue to keep shop in Canada. Unifor has scoffed at this, saying the company has an 'arrogant attitude that people should be happy they are even employed', and accusing Bombardier of attacking workers' pensions (Further reading: Toronto Star). It's a post-recession standoff between an argument of global corporate competitiveness, and an argument to protect Canadian labour benefits.
According to an outdated study constantly cited by Metrolinx and the Toronto Board of Trade put congestion costs at $6 billion in 2008, and that figure has been criticized for being low and not capturing the social cost it has on families and individuals. Nonetheless, that means that for every day the strike and other factors stalling Toronto transit progress continue, the economy loses at least $16.4 million. At least, per day.