SHERWOOD PARK, AB, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - CAW Local 4050 members who are truck
driver, owner operators at Cascade Carriers L.P. have voted 92 per cent
in favour of strike action if necessary.
The CAW is now in a legal position to serve 72-hour strike notice, if
needed, at any time within the next 60 days. February 25th is looming as the most likely date.
CAW Local 4050 represents approximately fifty-six owner operators who
provide hauling services to Cascade Carriers. They deliver throughout
Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. Cascade Carriers transports powdered
concrete, flyash, sand and other materials for the cement and oil field
industries. Cascade Carriers' largest customers are Lafarge, Rolling
Mix, Inland Cement, BJ Services, Schlumberger, Trican, Sil Industrial,
Sangel, Trans Alta (Sundance), Badger Sand, Sand Source and,
"These owner operators are seeking a fair first collective agreement
that provides for income stability, indemnification from rising fuel
costs, recognition of their business costs, as well as fair and
equitable treatment," said CAW National Representative Todd Romanow.
"They have helped Cascade Carriers become the success it is today and
the company needs to provide a fair settlement that recognizes the
monies unilaterally taken away from the owner operators over the last
four years prior to their joining the CAW, an action which has placed
many of the owner operators in a very poor financial position to keep
working," Romanow added.
Negotiations between the CAW and the Cascade Carriers started in July,
2010 and have continued at a slow pace over several sessions without
much success. The parties have already met with a Conciliator appointed
by Federal Mediation Conciliation Services under the Canada Labour Code.
The CAW has proposed further bargaining dates to which the company has
not yet agreed.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
Todd Romanow, CAW National Representativeat (780)932-4033 or at email@example.com