EDMONTON, July 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Nearly 50 Unifor Local 21-A members at
AT Films went on strike at 3 p.m. today over the company's refusal to
take concessions off the table and explicitly include all benefits
within the collective agreement.
"Unifor members are critical to the success of AT Films, and the
collective agreement should reflect that," said Unifor Local 21-A
President Mike Kapalka. "Our members deserve fairness."
Collective bargaining began in December 2014 but has been at impasse
since early June. Unifor says that a deal cannot be reached until its
members receive contractual assurances that their benefits are secure.
Unilateral changes by AT Films in the past has eroded Local 21-A
"We are eager to negotiate a deal, but that deal has to enshrine our
benefits and pensions in the collective agreement and increase job
security," said Kapalka.
AT Films Inc. researches, designs, and manufactures polythene film
products for the horticultural, agricultural, and construction
industries. Unifor members at AT Films manufacture, fold, and
distribute polythene films products. The parties have been negotiating
since December 2014.
AT Films Inc. is the first Canadian company to join a prestigious group
of six businesses within British Polythene Industries PLC, whose head
office and manufacturing facilities are located in Edmonton. A
conversion site is located in Westlock, Alberta.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when
the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers unions merged.
For further information:
For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@Unifor.org