First time in a century: Steelworkers vote in favour of strike at St. Marys Cement

    ST. MARYS, ON, July 31 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW)
Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser announced Thursday that members of USW
Local 9235 have voted 98 per cent in favour of strike action if necessary
against St. Mary's Cement Company. A strike would be the first time in the
plant's nearly-100-year history that workers have taken such action.
    Fraser said the vote reflects USW members' outrage at the company's plan
to replace the employees' defined benefit pension plan with an inferior
defined contribution (RRSP) plan. The company is also demanding a three-year
freeze in wages and benefits, as well as weakened seniority rights.
    "It is a disgrace that in 2008 workers have to threaten strike action to
protect their pension plan," he said. "These men and women have worked hard to
build this company. They deserve to retire in dignity."
    The union will be in a legal strike position on August 6. Talks between
the parties broke off on Wednesday but will resume tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 1).
    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: Doug Brown (USW Representative), (519)

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