Closure of Cari-All in the east end of Montréal - "The Caisse de dépôt et de placement is taking our jobs away" -United Steelworkers local 7625

    MONTREAL, Jan. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - This afternoon, the President and CEO of
Cari-All in the east end of Montréal announced the closing of his two plants.
"400 unionized workers have just lost their jobs. The worst part about this
closure is that we are being shut down by pension plans. The Québec company
was acquired by the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec and Omer, the
pension plan of Ontario municipal employees. A German company and the former
owner are both minority shareholders. This Québec company was founded in 1969.
Something is rotten in the state of Québec," declared Pierre Arseneau, Staff
Representative and Daniel Sylvestre, President of Amalgamated Local 7625 of
the United Steelworkers (FTQ).
    Production will be transferred to the company's other plant, in North
Carolina, U.S.A. "Henceforth, Québec businesses will purchase their shopping
carts from a Québec company that produces in the United States. We manufacture
90% of the shopping carts made in Canada. The company refuses to open its
books. We have been presented with a fait accompli. There is not even an
opportunity to help them find a solution for continuing to manufacture
shopping carts and shelving in Québec territory," continued Yves Primiano,
President of the unit at Cari-All.

    Turning to the Solidarity Fund

    The staff representative indicated that the local members would turn
towards the Solidarity Fund. "Although the company is scheduled to close in
June," he said, "the owners are open to the idea of us exploring new niches
for metal wire with a future buyer. The equipment is paid for, as are the two
buildings, the production facility in Montréal-Est and the distribution centre
in Montréal. Our members have expertise which represents another significant
asset for putting the plant back in business." The United Steelworkers (FTQ)
will work on setting up a business recovery committee and a reclassification

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Arseneau, United Steelworkers (FTQ),
(514) 599-2006; Daniel Sylvestre, United Steelworkers (FTQ), Amalgamated Local
7625, (514) 525-7625; Yves Primiano, United Steelworkers (FTQ), Amalgamated
Local 7625, (514) 640-0999 ext. 3229

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