Magna workers to vote Wednesday: important opportunity for workplace representation - Steelworkers



    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser said Tuesday that Wednesday's vote by employees at Magna
International-owned Formet Industries provides an important opportunity for
the hundreds of workers at the St. Thomas auto parts plant to have strong
union representation.
    "The USW represents thousands of workers in the auto sector across the
union," said Fraser. "We would be privileged and honoured to have the
employees at Formet become part of our family.
    "The company has spent a lot of time trying to convince workers that
joining the USW is not in their best interest. However, workers have
questioned the fact that, when recent troubles hit the shop floor, management
was nowhere to be seen. One of the workers' major concerns is that, during the
recent layoffs, several hourly-rated employees lost their jobs to salaried
employees.
    "We cannot emphasize enough that all workers have the legal right to join
our union and be represented to fullest extent of our ability," added Fraser.
    "We urge Magna/Formet employees to exercise their democratic right to
join our union, and vote 'yes' on Wednesday."
    It is hoped that results of the vote at Formet will be available late
Wednesday.

    Canada's most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and
women working in every sector of the economy.





For further information:

For further information: Wayne Fraser, (416) 243-8792; (416) 577-4045


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