TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - Members of the United Steelworkers (USW), on
strike against Guardian Fiberglass in Erin ON since June 4, are planning to be
present at a performance by the Detroit Symphony this evening (Nov. 8) at
Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall.
The performance is sponsored by Guardian Industries.
"While this successful company can afford to sponsor cultural events like
the symphony, it can't seem to find enough resources to settle a strike that
was forced by Guardian's demands to freeze its employees wages, get rid of all
wage premiums, cut benefits for workers on long term disability and make many
other cutbacks," said Wayne Fraser, the USW's Ontario/Atlantic Director.
"This is the first labour dispute at this workplace in 22 years. We want
our fellow citizens to understand how these families and their community are
being affected by this company's hard line against its workforce. They didn't
deserve the treatment they got at the bargaining table, and they don't deserve
to have Guardian flaunt its ability to fund the symphony while ignoring the
right of workers to a fair deal."
Union members and supporters will be at Roy Thomson Hall on King Street
to communicate with concert goers.
For further information:
For further information: Brad James, (416) 243-8792 or (416) 524-5118