Union Serves 72-Hour Strike Notice at Cascade Carriers

EDMONTON, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - The CAW has served strike notice on February 21 to Cascade Carriers L.P.

CAW Local 4050 represents a bargaining unit of 52 drivers at Cascade Carriers, owner operators who provide their own tractor units to haul customers' product throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

The union has set a strike deadline of 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2011. 

The workers at Cascade Carriers voted 92% in favour of strike action on February 11, 2011.

"We are seeking a first collective agreement which provides proper working conditions, rights issues, a stable income and increased remuneration for the drivers at Cascade," said CAW National Representative Todd Romanow. "The drivers helped make Cascade the success it is today.  A fair contract will build on that success and help alleviate some of the economic woes that the owner operators are feeling, especially when it comes to fuel costs which eat away at profitability, as well as the company unilaterally reducing the rates that the Owner Operators are paid to haul the products."

Cascade Carriers L.P. (www.cascadecarriers.com) is located in Calgary and Sherwood Park, Alberta and provides customers in the construction, building, and oil and gas industries in Western Canada with a bulk transportation service utilizing specialized trailers and operates one of the largest fleets of pneumatic dry bulk trailers in Canada.

Cascade is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Mullen-Group (www.mullen-group.com) which is recognized as the largest provider of specialized transportation and related services to the oil and natural gas industry and is one of the leading suppliers of trucking and logistics services in Canada, employing approximately 4,300 owner operators, employees and subcontractors throughout Western Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers

For further information:

Todd Romanow, National Representative at: (780) 932-4033 or email tromanow@caw.ca

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