Former PMP Workers Mark 1st Anniversary Outside Shuttered Plant

July 7, 2009, 7:00 AM EST

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On Wednesday, July 8 former workers of Progressive Moulded Products will mark the one year anniversary of the sudden closure of their workplaces with a demonstration in front of the main plant.

On July 1, 2008 PMP, then the largest employer in the City of Vaughan, closed the doors of its 11 plants, without giving any notice to the company's approximately 2,400 workers. Owed more than $30 million in severance and termination pay, the workers staged a 16 day picket in front of the main plant, where they highlighted their unjust treatment, calling for major changes to the bankruptcy and severance laws.

PMP Workers Demonstrate at First Anniversary of Closure, Renew Call for Strengthened Protections
When:  Wednesday, July 8 at 12 Noon
Where:  former PMP Main Plant, 9024 Keele St. (Keele & Rutherford)

Speakers include:
-Fa Lim, a former mechanic with 13 years of service at PMP and picket leader (Fa will MC the event);
-Andrea Clarke,  a former quality control inspector with 23 years of service at PMP, now a peer helper and committee member of the PMP Adjustment Committee;
-Vinay Sharma, CAW Human Rights Director;
-John Cartwright, President of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council;
- Gino Rosati, Vaughan Regional Councillor, Chair of Economic  Development Committee, City of Vaughan;

Following the closure, with the help of the CAW and the Ontario Government Adjustment Advisory Program, the PMP workers established an action centre in October 2008 to offer support for job searches, retraining, EI and counseling.

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