Locked out Alumetco Workers Now Out of Job, Company Files for CCAA & Closes Shop

December 10, 2008, 6:15 PM EST

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The approximately 85 locked out workers at Alumetco in Brantford learned on December 9 that their employer would not end the lock-out in time for the holidays and instead would close the plant -effective immediately. 

Burlington Technologies Inc, which owns Alumetco in Brantford, ON, has made an application for CCAA and, as part of their restructuring process, closed the Alumetco facility as of December 9.

The workers have been locked out since November 10 and the CAW is now questioning why the company would choose to lock out the workers, provoking a labour dispute when it was clearly on the verge of collapse. The workers are represented by CAW Local 397.

"Well-established businesses like Burlington Technologies do not go bankrupt over night," said Steve Farkas, CAW area director. "What this company has done is despicable and defies reason."

The union will be meeting with the Alumetco workers on December 11. Alumetco workers produce high-pressure aluminum diecastings for the auto industry.

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