Negotiations at Waterville TG - General meeting of members on October 5



    QUEBEC, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The 800 steelworkers at Waterville TG
have been negotiating for a month now in accordance with the terms of the
six-year collective agreement, which calls for renegotiation of wages after
three years, with the right to strike and to lock out. "Our plant is not
spared from the crisis that is sweeping through the North American automobile
industry. The employer has shown us the financial statements. We are involved
in a bargaining process that is affected by these difficult circumstances. We
are analyzing the situation and will discuss it with our members. It will be
up to them to make the final decisions," declared Dominic Lemieux, Staff
Representative of the United Steelworkers (FTQ).
    "It is unfortunate that the media have picked up the story of these
renegotiations before we have had a chance to meet with our members. All this
does is to aggravate the feeling of insecurity prevailing throughout the
industry. Out of respect for our members, we ask the media to wait for the
press release that we will give after our general meeting of members at
Fleurimont on October 5," continued Roch Drapeau, President of local 696 of
the United Steelworkers (FTQ)

    Waterville TG employs 800 workers. They manufacture sealing strips for
automobiles.




For further information:

For further information: Dominic Lemieux, United Steelworkers (FTQ),
(450) 656-1113; Roch Drapeau, United Steelworkers (FTQ), (819) 837-2933


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