Media Advisory - Contract Negotiations with Toromont Going Down to the Wire, CAW says

    TORONTO, June 30 /CNW/ - Negotiations between the Canadian Auto Workers
union and Toromont CAT, a division of Toromont Industries Ltd are going down
to the wire following weeks of intense negotiations. A strike deadline is set
for midnight tonight.
    CAW Local 112 President Roland Kiehne said the slow pace of these talks
is due to ongoing company threats of relocating work to a new Greenfield
facility that would effectively disregard seniority, weaken employment
conditions and fully eliminate union representation at the plant.
    "Throughout these negotiations Toromont has shown a complete disregard
for the well-being of its workers and is simply using the impending plant
relocation as a tactic to demand concessions from our members and avoid
addressing our members' economic proposals," Kiehne said. "This is cut-throat
bargaining at its worst." Kiehne said.
    The CAW represents 250 workers at the Toromont facility in Concord,
Ontario, located just north of the City of Toronto, east of highway 400. In
order to accommodate City of Toronto transit development plans, the facility
was slated to relocate to a swath of land outside of Concord.
    After months of debate at the Ontario Municipal Board, development
permits were awarded on a 700 hectare plot of land in Bradford East
Gwillimbury, Ontario and earmarked for the Toromont facility.
    "After approval was granted, the relocation plans should have been a
no-brainer," said Toromont Plant Chairperson Melrose Cornwall. "Instead the
company is now refusing to confirm where it plans to move the facility and is
using this as leverage to weaken seniority provisions and drive down working
    "This is the most productive and profitable facility in the Toromont
chain and it's disgraceful to see how they're treating their employees,"
Cornwall said.
    Workers at the Toromont Concord facility assemble, repair and distribute
heavy tractors as well as grading and mining equipment.

For further information:

For further information: Angelo DiCaro, CAW Communications, (cell) (416)
606-6311 or Roland Kiehne, CAW Local 112 President, (cell) (416) 801-1120

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