CAW-Canada Applies for Union Representation Vote at Algoma Central Marine

June 16, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

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CAW Local 4401 has applied to the Canada Industrial Relations Board to conduct a union representation vote for unlicensed seafarers at Algoma Central Marine following the purchase of 13 vessels from Upper Lakes Shipping (ULS).
A representation vote will offer more than 800 Algoma workers sailing the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system a choice to be represented by one union, either Local 4401 or the Seafarers International Union (SIU).

Algoma, which operates the largest Canadian flagged fleet of vessels on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway system now employs 350 CAW Local 4401 members, operating the 13 former ULS vessels. Algoma also employs 450 workers who are members of the SIU, operating their original Laker fleet of 17 vessels.

CAW represents 49,000 members in the overall transportation sector across Canada including thousands in marine transportation, passenger & freight industries and ship building.

In April 2011, Algoma purchased 13 ULS vessels where workers are represented by CAW-Canada and its Local 4401. CAW-Canada and the SIU will continue to represent their respective members working for Algoma subject to any rulings by the CIRB.

Detailed information about CAW Local 4401 and the current collective agreement covering former employees of ULS can be found at their website .

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