TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - Workers at Honeywell North Safety group in
Toronto were left in shock today by a company announcement their plant
would be closing by December.
"This is a sad day for the workers and their families," said CAW Local
462 President Charles Redden. "The workers are in shock and are
concerned about their future. This workforce has done a tremendous job
for this company and the union is determined to negotiate a strong
closure agreement," Redden said.
Redden said the company has indicated the work will be phased out by
December with half the work being relocated to the United States and
the other half going to Mexico.
"This came as a complete surprise today because we had recently
negotiated a modest collective agreement and there was no indication on
the part of the company that a closure could take place," said CAW
National Representative Paulo Ribeiro.
CAW President Ken Lewenza said "this is now another sad example of the
absolutely dismal record of this federal government's antiquated
economic policies. This plant is another victim of corporate greed as
they move our work to the south."
CAW Local 462 represents approximately 80 workers at the plant, which
produces work site safety equipment.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
CAW Communications, John McClyment, cell, 416-315-3202 or CAW National Representative Paulo Ribeiro, cell, 416-302-3966