Wind Tower Workers in Thorold Join United Steelworkers

THOROLD, ON, June 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Employees who build wind turbine towers at TSP Canada Towers Inc. in Thorold have voted to join the United Steelworkers union (USW).

The employees voted Thursday by a 66-per-cent majority to join the Steelworkers. The vote was administered by the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

"We congratulate the TSP employees who have voted to join our union to obtain a real voice in their workplace. They want to build a better future for themselves, their families and their community," said USW Ontario Director Marty Warren.

"The employees are looking forward to negotiating a fair collective agreement with the company and to moving forward together in building the local wind power industry," Warren said.

TSP is a company based in China and started regular production at its Thorold plant in 2013.

"As a longtime supporter of building the green energy industry, the United Steelworkers is proud to welcome TSP employees to our union," said USW National Director Ken Neumann.

"Our members, including the employees at TSP, know that a sustainable economy must provide good jobs and protect the environment. That's what wind power can do."

SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information: Marty Warren, USW District 6 Director, 416-243-8792; Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951; Brad James, USW Organizing, 416-544-6006, bjames@usw.ca; Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, bgallagher@usw.ca

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