Rally in Support of Beer Can Boycott Workers

TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2015  /CNW/ - Community supporters will hold a picket line rally TODAY in support of the province-wide beer can boycott workers who have been on strike for 17 months. 

The strike against U.S.-based Crown Metal Packaging began in September 2013, when the global manufacturing giant demanded massive concessions from its Toronto employees.

WHAT:


Rally to support Steelworkers Local 9176 members, on strike for 17 months against manufacturing giant Crown Metal Packaging.




WHO: 


Marty Warren (USW Director for Ontario & Atlantic Canada)



MP Peggy Nash (NDP – Parkdale–High Park)



MPP Peter Tabuns (NDP – Toronto–Danforth)



MPP Taras Natyshak (NDP – Labour Critic – Essex)



Hassan Yusseff (Canadian Labour Congress, President)



Nancy Hutchison (OFL, Secretary-Treasurer)



Jerry Diaz (Unifor, President)



Warren "Smokey" Thomas (OPSEU, President)



And other labour, political and community supporters.




WHEN:


Monday, Feb. 9, 12:00 noon.




WHERE:


Crown Metal Packaging picket line, 21 Fenmar Dr., North York.




* PHOTO/VIDEO OP:


Picket line sing-along of an original strike song "Stay Away from the Cans", composed by Toronto musician and activist Mike Hersh.

 

After provoking the labour dispute, Crown has refused to negotiate a fair resolution, instead hiring replacement workers to try to break the strikers.

The workers have launched an Ontario-wide boycott campaign called Bottles, Not Cans. The campaign calls on consumers to buy their beer in bottles and to boycott beer packaged in cans made by Crown.

www.bottlesnotcans.ca

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information: Carolyn Egan, Steelworkers Toronto Area Council, 416-806-7985, c.egan@sympatico.ca, Marty Warren, USW District Director, 519-504-9009, mwarren@usw.ca, Joe Drexler, USW Strategic Campaigns, 416-544-6009, 416-434-7907, jdrexler@usw.ca, Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-434-2221, bgallagher@usw.ca

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