Workers Left Reeling from Honeywell North Safety Closure Announcement

April 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

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Workers at Honeywell North Safety group in Toronto were left in shock today by a company announcement their plant would be closing by December.

"This is a sad day for the workers and their families," said CAW Local 462 President Charles Redden. "The workers are in shock and are concerned about their future. This workforce has done a tremendous job for this company and the union is determined to negotiate a strong closure agreement," Redden said.

Redden said the company has indicated the work will be phased out by December with half the work being relocated to the United States and the other half going to Mexico.

"This came as a complete surprise today because we had recently negotiated a modest collective agreement and there was no indication on the part of the company that a closure could take place," said CAW National Representative Paulo Ribeiro.

CAW President Ken Lewenza said "this is now another sad example of the absolutely dismal record of this federal government's antiquated economic policies. This plant is another victim of corporate greed as they move our work to the south."

CAW Local 462 represents approximately 80 workers at the plant, which produces work site safety equipment.

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