CAW Local 222 Members on Strike at St. Marys Cement

March 16, 2010, 10:28 AM EST

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CAW Local 222 members have gone on strike at the St. Marys Cement plant in Bowmanville, Ontario as they fight company demands to roll-back their pension plan.

The workers are fighting company demands to change the pension plan from a defined benefit plan with a fixed level of benefits to a defined contribution plan, which could mean lower benefits on retirement.

CAW national representative Keith Osborne said the company wants to take the responsibility of maintaining pension benefits off its books and put it on the backs of workers through a defined contribution plan, which is subject to the whims of markets.

"The workers are determined to fight this roll back in their pensions," said Osborne.

CAW Local 222 President Chris Buckley is urging CAW members to visit the picket line and show their support. "This is an important struggle against company attempts to attack workers pensions."

The picket line is located one block south of Highway 401 on Waverley Road in Bowmanville.

The CAW represents approximately 100 workers at the cement plant. The CAW and company had been in contract talks for months. The workers have been without a contract since Jan. 31.

St. Marys is a major aggregate producer with quarry, gravel and cement operations in Canada and the US.

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