First Strike in 37 Years:


    PORT COLBORNE, ON, Nov. 25 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW)
Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser said Sunday that members of USW Local
8190 will be on strike tonight at midnight after union members rejected an
IMT Partnership-PCForge offer that demands deep concessions from the workers.
    The strike by the 92 IMT Partnership employees is the first in 37 years
at the heavy-steel forging plant located at 820 Rueter Road in Port Colborne.
    Fraser said the company is demanding concessions in wages, benefits,
holidays, cost-of-living allowances, seniority and job security.
    "This is an unnecessary attack on a group of dedicated employees," said
Fraser. "Union members were left with only one choice - to fight to protect
their rights."
    USW Staff Representative Carrie Robinson said the union has done all it
can up to now to get the company to negotiate a reasonable settlement.
    "We are extremely disappointed that we have had to take this action," she
said. "This company should be focused on treating its workers well, instead of
taking away what they have clearly earned."

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

For further information:

For further information: Carrie Robinson, (416) 624-3536; Tony DePaulo
(USW Area Coordinator) (905) 545-3008, ext. 27, (905) 869-0760

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