Aerospace Workers Fight Off Northstar Injunction Threat

October 19, 2011, 9:35 AM EST


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Over 100 CAW Local 112 members working at Northstar Aerospace in Milton, Ontario rallied outside the factory on October 17 to defend their right to picket in the face of a company threat to end the strike through a legal injunction.

After just three days of Northstar workers setting up picket lines the employer threatened to file for a court injunction. This action was taken despite Northstar having issued a public statement after the strike began on October 13 that said it respected its employees and the collective bargaining process.

Shortly after the workers' rally, Northstar backed down from their threat and agreed, instead, to establish a strike protocol with the union.

CAW Local 112 President Roland Kiehne considered this a victory for the workers who are fighting back aggressive company demands for cost cuts and trying to secure ongoing work in the facility.

"The company's actions were completely unwarranted, in light of the peaceful, orderly and lawful pickets that have been run by our members so far," Kiehne said.

Unit Chairperson, Graham Davies, said that the injunction threat proved an unnecessary distraction from the contract talks, which the union says is still priority number one.

"We'd like nothing more than for the company to pool all of its energy into getting this contract dispute resolved with our bargaining committee," Davies said. "Our members want to get back to work."

Northstar Aerospace produces helicopter gears and transmissions as well as other fabricated parts. CAW Local 112 represents 135 workers at the Milton facility.

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