Striking Steelworkers to widen dispute

    ERIN, ON, June 11 /CNW/ - Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) on
strike against Guardian Building Products are taking their dispute beyond the
picket line.
    The strike involving 85 employees started June 4 after the company
refused to back away from demands to slash wages and cut benefits for workers
on long-term disability, along with other cutbacks. It is the first dispute at
the fibreglass manufacturing facility in 22 years.
    In addition to the picketing taking place outside the plant in Erin,
about 80 kilometres northwest of Toronto, the union announced Monday that it
would begin to engage in other tactics to help bring the strike to an end.
    "We are disappointed by the company's treatment of a loyal and dedicated
workforce at the Erin plant," said USW Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser.
"We want more people to understand that our members deserve a fair contract
that does not strip them of their long-held rights and benefits. So we will
actively distribute information and publicize this dispute wherever it makes
sense to do so.
    "The company's corporate website says it values its employees 'above all
else'. The United Steelworkers believes Guardian ought to begin living up to
that statement." said Fraser.
    Guardian Building Supplies is part of a private US company, based in
Auburn Hills, 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: Mary Simms (USW Representative), (519)

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