TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - A large printing plant owned by the
company Vertis has been shut down in Fort Erie, Ontario, leaving the
staff without jobs or compensation. About 100 members of
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) Local 425G in the
Niagara region have just learned of the closure and are facing the
company's refusal to pay out termination and severance, required under
"A company does not have the right to shut down without notice or
compensation for the employees that have worked for them, many for most
of their lives," said Dan Wickson, President of Local 425G.
The Fort Erie plant was the only Canadian plant owned by the American
company Vertis. The company is currently under the protection of the
United States Bankruptcy Code' Chapter 11 and was undergoing
restructuring. The Fort Erie plant is one of three that were not
included in the purchase of Vertis by Quad Graphics.
"The union is demanding that the company pay its legal and moral
obligations to these long-standing employees who have built the company
over decades," said Kim Ginter, CEP Vice-President for the Ontario
CEP, which represents the employees, is currently in discussions with
legal counsel, the Town of Fort Erie and its development agency as well
as the local Member of Provincial Parliament.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is the
largest union in several key sectors of Canada's economy, including
forestry, energy, telecommunications and media. The union's 120,000
members work at a wide variety of jobs in hundreds of different
workplaces across the country.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Kim Ginter, CEP Vice-President, Ontario, firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: (416) 931-2379
Duncan Brown, National Director, CEP Graphical, email@example.com, cell: (416) 605-4665