Wednesday, September 24, 2008

CAW calling for a strike vote at Xstrata Met Site

The bargaining committee for Local 599 of the Canadian Auto Workers, which represents the unionized employees at the Xstrata Kidd Met Site in Timmins is calling for a strike vote.
Ben Lefebvre, the chair of the bargaining committee, said in a news release late Wednesday afternoon that the latest company offer “falls short of our members’ expectations.”
Lefebvre says he is calling on the membership to hold meetings on Thursday to decide on a course of action.
“On Wednesday September 24th the Company presented your Bargaining Committee with an offer of settlement that falls short of our members’ expectations. The Committee had no choice but to reject the offer and will be asking members for a strong strike mandate to back your demands.
“As a result we have scheduled membership meetings for Thursday, September 25th at 3:00 and 7:30 PM at the McIntyre Community Center.
The current contract between Xstrata and Local 599 expires at midnight on September 30. If there is no contract by then, the union will be in a strike position on Wednesday October 1.
The relationship between the company and the union has been a rocky one in the past nine years. There have been three contracts and two strikes.
The current contract came into effect at the end of October 2005, when Local 599 went on strike for 29 days to back demands for their third contract.
The Met Site workers also went on strike for 26 days back in 1999 to back demands for their first ever contract.

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