LEAMINGTON, ON, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - UFCW Canada, Canada's leading voice of workers and the union
representing Heinz employees in Leamington, joined communities
throughout southwestern Ontario today in welcoming the letter of intent
between Canco and Heinz to produce food products at the long-standing
Leamington facility, which, until today's announcement, was slated to
close this June.
"We welcome the prospect of good jobs being maintained at the plant,
which has served as the keystone of Leamington's economy for
generations," says Robert Crawford, president of UFCW Canada Local 459,
the local union that has represented workers at the plant for decades.
"As soon as Heinz announced its decision to step away from the plant,
UFCW 459 started working very hard to secure the best package possible
for Heinz employees and their families, and the union also dedicated
itself to being on the forefront of the effort to find new investors
for the plant, and to ensure that it remains an important part of the
Canadian food processing industry for years to come," adds Crawford.
"We are encouraged by Canco's stated commitment to respecting collective
bargaining rights and the importance of good union jobs, and we are
looking forward to building a productive relationship with the new
ownership that benefits employees, investors, and the community alike."
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW Canada) is Canada's leading and most progressive union, representing more than
a quarter of a million retail, food and commercial workers in every
province of the county.
SOURCE: United Food and Commercial Workers Canada
For further information:
President, UFCW Canada Local 459
Tel # 519-326-6751