Workers choose Steelworkers' union at Halton recycling

    KAMLOOPS, BC, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Workers at Halton Recycling Ltd, a Kamloops
paper-recycling plant, have won the right to be represented by the United
Steelworkers' (USW) Local 1-417.
    Local 1-417 will represent the workers in collective bargaining talks at
dates to be determined.
    Workers joined the union to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect
on the job, said USW Organizer Gord MacIntosh, who worked on the campaign with
local union officer Ed Repka.
    Issues include wages, which now begin at around $9 an hour, as well as
recognition of seniority, improved health and safety and better training.
    "We welcome workers at Halton Recycling into our union," said Local 1-417
President Marty Gibbons. "We also congratulate the workers for standing firm
in support of our union in spite of some unwarranted tactics used by the
    Halton recently won a bid to handle recycled materials for the City of
Kamloops' blue box program.
    "That should give the company quite a lift and create more jobs," said
    McIntosh said the recycling industry is growing as consumers become more
environmentally aware. Workers in the largely non-union private industry are
stuck with substandard wages and working conditions when compared with similar
work performed in the public sector.

    The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than 280,000
women and men working in every sector of the economy.

For further information:

For further information: Marty Gibbons, (250) 554-3167, cell (250)

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