Workers Set up Picket in Chatham in Fight for Severance and Back Pay

November 27, 2009, 1:00 PM EST

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CAW members at Daymond Aluminum in Chatham, Ontario have set up a picket line outside of the shuttered plant. 

"Nothing will be allowed in or out of the plant until workers are guaranteed their owed severance and back pay," said CAW Local 127 President Aaron Neaves, whose local union represents the workers.

Daymond announced on November 4 that it would be going into bankruptcy protection. Workers were called at home and told not to come in for the afternoon shift. The picket was set up on November 20 -after the receivers handling the case attempted to have the dies moved from the plant.

Prior to the closure, there were 60 active CAW members, 30 on layoff and approximately 35 retirees.

The sudden bankruptcy is even more jarring because it leaves the pension plan in jeopardy -already underfunded by $5 million, said Joe McCabe, CAW national representative.

The union is currently in talks with the receivers as well as the company's bank RBC. 

Daymond Aluminum fabricates aluminum products and was a supplier to Navistar Truck, also in Chatham.  Navistar has been idled since June.

CAW members in the area are encouraged to support the picket line, located at 155 Irwin Street in Chatham.

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