Union Serves 72-Hour Strike Notice at Kawneer Manufacturing (Alcoa)

LETHBRIDGE, AB, April 18 /CNW/ - The Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) has served strike notice to Kawneer Manufacturing, a division of Alcoa.

CAW Local 99 represents a bargaining unit of 218 workers at Kawneer Manufacturing in Lethbridge Alberta; the workers include production and maintenance employees at the Alcoa-owned Lethbridge plant which operates a press for aluminum extrusion and the production of architectural products.

The union has set a strike deadline of 7 a.m. on Thursday April 21, 2011.

The workers at Kawneer Manufacturing voted 84 per cent in favour of strike action on March 26, 2011.

"We are seeking a new collective agreement which provides increased remuneration, including pension, wage, shift premium and benefit increases for the workers at Kawneer," said CAW National Representative Todd Romanow.

"The workers have done their part in the past by accepting below average increases to help Kawneer through their struggles, now the company wants to exploit that help even though times are better. Our members at Kawneer are determined to be treated fairly and equitably and will not be taken for granted," Romanow added.

The Kawneer Lethbridge facility is located approximately 250 km southeast of Calgary. The facility manufactures aluminum architectural products that include window systems, curtain walls, stock and custom doors. Operations consist of a 2,500-ton extrusion press, anodizing, electrostatic spray painting and fabrication. The plant began operations in 1983, with Alcoa managing operations since 1998 as a result of the Alumax, Inc. merger.

SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers

For further information:

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

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