Brantford Employer Walks Away from Negotiations, Locks out Workers

November 9, 2008, 9:00 PM EST

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Approximately 85 workers will be locked out by their employer Alumetco (a division of Burlington Technologies Inc.)  as of 12:01 a.m. Monday morning. Alumetco walked away from negotiations with the CAW Sunday morning and has been threatening to lock out the workers since Wednesday, November 5.

The workers, represented by CAW Local 397, will be setting up picket lines outside of the facility located at 150 Garden Ave East in Brantford. To date, the union has not taken a strike vote and has not expressed any intention of going on strike.

Negotiations for this first agreement with Alumetco have been ongoing since early July, after the workers joined the union back in June.

Key remaining issues include seniority rights and the work ownership, which, if not strengthened, would allow Alumetco to outsource work already done by employees to temp agencies or other managers or supervisors, even resulting in lay-offs among the current workforce.

The CAW has represented workers in the company's Burlington facility for approximately 35 years. Workers in the Brantford plant produce high-pressure aluminum diecastings for the auto industry.

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