TORONTO AND PITTSBURGH, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - "Today's deal that
guarantees Canadian and American steel will be used to build the new
Windsor-Detroit bridge is a great victory. Our pressure on the
politicians to do the right thing has paid off," says Ken Neumann,
United Steelworkers (USW) National Director.
Today, Canada and the United States announced the deal to build a new
bridge between Windsor and Detroit, our busiest border crossing.
Neumann and USW International President Leo W. Gerard have been lobbying
Canadian Minister of Transport Denis Lebel and U.S. Transport Secretary
Ray Lahood stressing the importance of sourcing steel for the project
in the United States and Canada.
"It's gratifying that our efforts mean this bridge will be built using
steel and other materials made right here at home, creating jobs for
Canadian and American workers. Unlike the San Francisco Bay Bridge
project, we can be proud of how this bridge will be built," said
News reports state the deal for the $4-billion project includes sourcing
rules around construction material for the bridge itself, and the
approaches and customs plaza on the United States side of the bridge.
Details on any sourcing rules for the Canadian customs plaza and
approaches have not been clarified.
"Now we need Ottawa and Ontario to proudly say they are standing up for
Canada. Now that there's a deal to build the bridge, we call on Stephen
Harper and Dalton McGuinty to clearly say the Canadian-side
infrastructure will be built with Canadian jobs and materials," said
Canada is agreeing to put up $550 million for Michigan's costs for the
road approaching the crossing. In exchange, Canada will collect
Michigan's bridge tolls until the funds are recouped.
The USW represents about 850,000 working men and women in Canada and the
United States in a wide variety of industries, ranging from glass
making to mining, paper, steel, tire and rubber and other manufacturing
environments, to the public sector, service and health care industries.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers National Director, 416-544-5951
Bob Gallagher, United Steelworkers firstname.lastname@example.org 416-434-2221
Wayne Ranick, United Steelworkers email@example.com 412-562-2444