TORONTO, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - CAW Local 4401 has applied to the Canada
Industrial Relations Board to conduct a union representation vote for
unlicensed seafarers at Algoma Central Marine following the purchase of
13 vessels from Upper Lakes Shipping (ULS).
A representation vote will offer more than 800 Algoma workers sailing
the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system a choice to be represented
by one union, either Local 4401 or the Seafarers International Union
Algoma, which operates the largest Canadian flagged fleet of vessels on
the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway system now employs 350 CAW Local
4401 members, operating the 13 former ULS vessels. Algoma also employs
450 workers who are members of the SIU, operating their original Laker
fleet of 17 vessels.
CAW represents 49,000 members in the overall transportation sector
across Canada including thousands in marine transportation, passenger &
freight industries and ship building.
In April 2011, Algoma purchased 13 ULS vessels where workers are
represented by CAW-Canada and its Local 4401. CAW-Canada and the SIU
will continue to represent their respective members working for Algoma
subject to any rulings by the CIRB.
Detailed information about CAW Local 4401 and the current collective
agreement covering former employees of ULS can be found at their
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
John Aman, CAW Organizing Director, 416-275-6381, Mike Menicanin, CAW national representative, 905-704-8226 or Jim MacDougall Local 4401 President, 905-227-7717.