Savaria Closure - A Major Blow for Workers, Unique Expertise Lost in Quebec

    MONTREAL, Oct. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The 68 Steelworkers employed at
Savaria's Laval facility learned yesterday that their company was closing its
doors for good. "We offered to provide the employer with assistance from the
Solidarity Fund, as a means of resolving their financial difficulties. They
refused. This Quebec-based company would rather move to Toronto. Our province
has just lost a form of expertise that's unique in North America," declared
Donald Noel, union staffer for the United Steelworkers (FTQ).
    The union immediately contacted the employer in order to negotiate better
plant closure conditions for its workers, while at the same time taking steps
to quickly implement an adjustment committee.

    The factory, located in Laval, was built two years ago. The employer owns
two others: one in Toronto and another in China. The company, which
specializes in the manufacture of elevators and chairs for people with
mobility challenges, is the only one of its kind in North America.

For further information:

For further information: Donald Noel, United Steelworkers, (450)

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