Steelworkers may charge PotashCorp with bad faith bargaining



    SASKATOON, SK, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) is
considering filing a charge of bad faith bargaining under the Saskatchewan
Trade Union Act against PotashCorp, following a direct communication sent to
the homes of striking USW members at PotashCorp's three mines sites near
Saskatoon.
    "This is another attempt by the company to circumvent the bargaining
process and try to influence our members. The content of the letter contains
another pitch for the only offer made by the company, which was soundly
rejected by our membership," said USW Representative Lee Edwards.
    "We believe PotashCorp's actions are in violation of Saskatchewan law.
    "Beyond the legality issue, the letter insinuates that our members are
stupid and would have made a different decision if only they listened to the
'wisdom' of the company. It's outrageous."
    Edwards said the only way to resolve the dispute is to return to the
bargaining table with an open mind and discuss the outstanding issues in a
mature and intelligent way, instead of end-running the union and ignoring the
bargaining process.
    "The company is deliberately attempting to confuse and muddle the issues
around the strike, while steadfastly refusing to talk to us. It's just plain
wrong."
    The strike, involving 500 USW members, began on Aug. 7.





For further information:

For further information: Lee Edwards, (306) 382-2122; Roger Falconer
(USW Head, Strategic Campaigns), (647) 500-5965


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