Simmons denies workers severance and termination pay - union to pursue boycott

    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - CAW officials met with Simmons Canada Inc. and
the company told the union it was unwilling to pay employees severance or
termination pay, even though Simmons Canada plans to close its Brampton
facility, throwing nearly 160 people out of work.
    Hemi Mitic, assistant to CAW national president, expressed his
frustration that the company has walked away from the workers and their
families, after the company's announcement to close the factory.
    "What this company is doing is utterly wrong," said Mitic. "People who
have worked all their lives are entitled to get their fair share when a
multinational corporation decides to walk away."
    The CAW has challenged the company's decision and has filed proceedings
before the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
    The union will be pursuing a boycott of Simmons products and encouraging
the public to do the same.
    The company announced closure on September 8, 2008. No Labour Board
hearing dates have been set.

For further information:

For further information: Hemi Mitic, assistant to CAW national president
(cell) (416) 565-3677 or Shannon Devine, CAW Communications Director (cell)
(416) 302-1699

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