CAW ends Ledco occupation, continues to press for severance

    KITCHENER, ON, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - The CAW has ended the occupation of
Kitchener tool-and-die company Ledco Limited after a second court injunction
this afternoon.
    Workers took over the plant Friday morning in a fight for severance pay
after the company filed for bankruptcy Thursday night. At that time, the union
was informed that the Ledco workers would not receive their deserved severance
    Under the current bankruptcy laws, workers only receive severance pay if
money remains after all creditors have been paid. Some workers in the plant
had up to 40 years seniority. Workers were informed of the closure on
Wednesday, effective immediately.
    The 70 Ledco workers are represented by CAW Local 1524.
    The CAW continues to press key Ledco customers General Motors, Ford and
Chrysler to recognize their responsibility for Ledco workers severance pay.
Discussions have been ongoing since the beginning of the occupation Friday.
    Picketing outside the plant will continue throughout the week. Hundreds
of union and community members attended the round-the-clock picket in support
of Ledco workers over the weekend.

For further information:

For further information: please contact Assistant to the CAW National
President Jerry Dias, (cell) (416) 315-1576; Kitchener Area Director  Steve
Farkas, (cell) (519) 572-1627; or CAW Communications Shannon Devine, (cell)
(416) 302-1699

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