Frustrated workers walk off the job at two Collins and Aikman plants

    PORT HOPE, and MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - At the start of morning
shifts on Monday, employees at two auto parts factories owned by US-based
Collins and Aikman Corporation walked off the job in frustration at the lack
of talks with management over plant closure details dealing with their
collective agreement and legal rights.
    Employees at Collins and Aikman's plant in Port Hope, 128 Peter St, and
Mississauga, 590 Abilene Drive, are members of the United Steelworkers (USW).
Both plants are at risk of closure later this year as Collins and Aikman
undergoes restructuring.
    USW Assistant to the Director Marie Kelly said Monday, "We are in contact
with the company about these actions by our members. Our members are angry
over the lack of response over the last month when we have tried to engage
Collins and Aikman in negotiations about our members' rights.
    "These working people have given years of service to this company and,
due to no fault of their own, are facing possible unemployment. They deserve
to know that the company is capable of sitting down and bargaining a fair deal
in the event of closures at these two plants."
    The two Collins and Aikman facilities mainly supply auto makers such as
Chrysler. There are 150 employees at the Mississauga plant and in Port Hope
there are 350 active employees and about 300 currently laid off.

    Collins & Aikman Corporation is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan.

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

For further information:

For further information: Marie Kelly, (416) 705-3627

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