Molson Coors, Labatt, Cott, Morgan Foods and other customers put on
TORONTO, March 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Beverage and food producers receiving
cans from Crown Holdings' Toronto factory should be wary of potential
supply and quality problems, the United Steelworkers (USW) warns.
USW National Director Ken Neumann has sent letters to Crown Holdings'
customers, including beer and soft drink producers, warning of the
impact of Crown's failure to settle a six-month labour dispute at the
"With demand for Crown's cans set to increase for the spring and summer
seasons, the company should be trying to settle this dispute and bring
its skilled and experienced Toronto employees back to work," Neumann
"Instead, Crown has attempted to ramp up production by using management
and inexperienced replacement workers," he says. "The company has faced
a rash of problems, including a serious injury, burst water pipes and a
chemical spill, and has had to shut down the plant twice due to such
Neumann's letter to Crown customers also cites witness reports of
shipments being returned to the Toronto plant because cans did not meet
Crown provoked a strike at its Toronto plant last September by demanding
drastic concessions from its employees, members of USW Local 9176.
The USW has made several offers to settle the dispute, but all of them
have been rebuffed by Crown.
"Crown not only rejected our offers but has been making progressively
worse offers for the sole purpose of prolonging the strike," says USW
staff representative Lawrence Hay.
"Customers may pay a heavy price for Crown's intransigence and may be
forced to look elsewhere for suppliers," Hay says.
Striking employees have picketed the plants and warehouses of Crown
customers and are leafleting workers entering these facilities, asking
them to report defective products coming from Crown's Toronto plant.
Customers of Crown's Toronto plant include Molson Coors, Labatt, Morgan
Foods, Cott Beverages, Moosehead, Creemore Springs, Steam Whistle, Dr
Pepper Snapple, Oland Breweries, Brick Breweries, Bonduelle, Baxters
and Aliments Ouimet-Cordon Bleu.
For an update on the strike and the USW campaign against Crown Holdings,
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951
Joe Drexler, USW Strategic Campaigns, 416-544-6009, 416-434-7907, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawrence Hay, USW Staff Representative, 416-807-8792, email@example.com
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, firstname.lastname@example.org