2008 negotiations for more than 24,000 Steelworkers in Ontario and Atlantic Canada

    TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) union in Ontario
and Atlantic Canada is looking forward to 2008 collective bargaining for more
than 24,000 of its members in Ontario, Newfoundland-Labrador, Nova Scotia, New
Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
    Negotiations for renewed collective agreements will take place in
virtually every economic sector and almost every region of the area that forms
the USW's District 6.
    Notable renewals for 2008 include: manufacturing of auto parts, metal
cans, consumer goods; fish processing; metals; universities; call centres;
hotels; wood products; and coal and nickel mining.
    As well, first collective agreements will be negotiated for more than
1,000 new members who joined the USW in 2007.
    "Bargaining in 2008 will bring challenges but also plenty of gains for
our members," said USW District 6 Director Wayne Fraser. "Our members work
hard, they deserve strong collective agreements and they are ready to achieve
them in 2008 bargaining.
    "The USW continues to win and defend the fundamental rights of union
members and their families, both at the bargaining table and in the political

    The USW represents more than 280,000 men and women working in every
sector of Canada's economy, 80,000 of whom are in Ontario and the Atlantic
provinces. A list of USW District 6 bargaining in 2008 can be found at
www.usw.ca. Follow the links to District 6.

For further information:

For further information: Wayne Fraser, (416) 243-8792, or (416)

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