Steelworkers demand governments live up to commitment to keep railcar production in Nova Scotia



    TRENTON, NS, April 4 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser said Wednesday that the announced closure by Greenbrier
Companies of its Trenton Works railcar facility in Trenton, NS, must be met
with action by all levels of government to maintain production and prevent the
plant from closing.
    "It has been just over two weeks since a contract settlement was reached
with the company and we received a commitment from municipal, provincial and
federal governments to keep Trenton Works a going concern," said Fraser. "The
owners based in Oregon barely know where Trenton is. It's up to politicians
who are truly connected to this community to step up to the plate and save
jobs."
    Fraser said workers are used to the cyclical nature of the railcar
business, "but this community has nevertheless depended on Trenton Works as
one of its most important employers for decades. With the recent losses in
mining and steel-making, Nova Scotia cannot afford a further loss of economic
activity. It amounts to a Depression for a province that in the past has been
more resource and industrial-based.
    "It is up to government to act on behalf of citizens who elected them to
prevent a further decline."

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





For further information:

For further information: Wayne Fraser, (416) 243-8792, (416) 577-4045;
Dave Fanning, (902) 752-3257; Lawrence McKay (staff representative), (902)
759-7486


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