Employees in two Ontario workplaces vote overwhelmingly to join CEP

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) has organized a group of Operating Engineers employed by Greenfield Ethanol in Chatham, Ontario.

Voting in the workplace took place in 2007, but a dispute with the company over the appropriateness of the bargaining unit resulted in a lengthy delay as hearings took place.

On October 27, 2009, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) issued a decision in favour of the union and certified CEP as the bargaining agent for these workers. Negotiations for a first collective agreement will be commencing in the next few weeks.

The second group of employees to join CEP are part-time clerical workers employed by Direct Energy in Vaughan and Markham, Ontario who won a representation vote on November 24, 2009.

"Despite the efforts of some in the business community to create an anti-union climate in the province, our union continues to organize," says Ontario Regional Vice-President Bob Huget.

"CEP intends to carry on the important work of assisting vulnerable non-union workers to improve their working lives, while strengthening our existing members' bargaining power by strategically growing our union in key industries."

SOURCE Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada

For further information: For further information: CEP Ontario Administrative Vice-President Kim Ginter: (416) 931-2379 or CEP National Representative Danny McBride: (416) 702-2593

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