Final shift for steelworkers at Ottawa Congress Centre on Thursday

    OTTAWA, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser said Tuesday that this week's closing of the current
Ottawa Congress Centre is a sad day for hundreds of USW members employed
there, some for more than 20 years.
    "A new congress centre is good news for the Nation's Capital but tragic
for 300 employees, many of whom will find it difficult to find new jobs."
    Fraser said the union was able to secure recall rights based on
seniority, along with severance beyond the minimum provided under the
Employment Standards Act, but the 30 months from closure until a new centre is
completed will mean many employees may not be in a position to return.
    "This is a difficult time for our members," said Fraser. "I hope the
final event at the Congress Centre being held by the United Way will recognize
the dedication these employees have always had for this facility and for the
thousands of clients who have made use of their services."
    Congress Centre workers include banquet servers, bartenders, event set-up
staff, food service and security officers. The United Way fundraiser will take
place on Thursday, Sept. 4.

    Canada's most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and
women working in every sector of the economy.

For further information:

For further information: David Lipton (USW Staff Representative), (613)
260-7205, ext. 232, (613) 859-8403 (cell)

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