CONTRECOEUR, QC, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The United Steelworkers (FTQ) is
taking action to pressure the ArcelorMittal company into upholding the
commitment it made in 2007 to build a steel beam mill at Contrecoeur. A
demonstration, to which the entire population is invited, will be held on June
14, 2009 in Contrecoeur. "Québec needs its steel industry more than ever. We
have no intention of backing down. Jobs and the survival of a community are at
stake. We want the steel beam mill now!" declared Daniel Roy, Québec Director
of the United Steelworkers (FTQ).
This family-oriented demonstration will be followed by a rally at
Cartier-Richard Park, where entertainment is planned. Daniel Roy, Québec
Director of the United Steelworkers and Michel Arsenault, President of the
Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) will address the
crowd at around 3 p.m.
In December 2007, ArcelorMittal began consolidating and restructuring its
operations. It announced the closure of the rolling mills at Contrecoeur.
"Dofasco in Ontario took over the hot and cold mills located in Québec,
causing the loss of 450 jobs among union workers at Contrecoeur," pointed out
Claude Langlois, President of Local 6586. In March 2008, the company announced
the closure of the wire drawing mill in Lachine and the loss of 120 jobs. On
April 7, 2009, it announced that the reduction plant would shut its doors on
April 18 for an indefinite period. The slab casting unit will suffer the same
fate on June 27, 2009 and 190 people will be laid off. Fewer than 400 workers
will be left at the Contrecoeur complex.
DATE: June 14, 2009
PLACE: Gather at 1:00 p.m. at Joseph-Etienne Duhamel Park, 5280 route
Marie-Victorin (route 132) in Contrecoeur for a walk of about 1 km
heading west, ending at Cartier-Richard Park (beside the Maison
Lenoblet-du-Plessis, 4752 route Marie-Victorin). For those
traveling the Steel Highway or Route 30, take exit 160, towards
St-Antoine Street, as far as Marie-Victorin.
TIME: Departure at 1:30 p.m.; the walk should take approximately
For further information:
For further information: Daniel Roy, United Steelworkers (FTQ), (514)
850-2240; Claude Langlois, United Steelworkers (FTQ), Local 6586, (450)
517-2528; Pierre Arseneau, United Steelworkers (FTQ), (514) 209-8488; Daniel
Mallette, United Steelworkers (FTQ), (514) 850-2252, (450) 567-0170