Strike Over at Debro Steel

March 16, 2010, 2:52 PM EST

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After 14 weeks on the picket line, CAW Local 252 members who work at Debro Steel in Brampton, Ontario are back at work with a new contract that rejects company demands for concessions.

The workers voted 69 per cent in favour of a new three-year agreement that provides wage and pension increases.

In addition, the new agreement ensures workers are paid overtime after eight hours instead of after 40 hours, a concession demand strongly opposed by the membership.

CAW national representative Sukhvinder Johl said the approximately 50 CAW members built strong unity during the strike and the membership insisted that all workers returned to work on the same day - March 8.

"Our membership built strong bonds of solidarity during this long and bitter dispute," said Johl.

CAW Local 252 President Abbot Harvey thanked CAW locals in the GTA for helping out with picket line support as well as locals from across Canada who provided financial support. "This is a strong victory for this small group of workers, who truly appreciated the solidarity shown during this dispute," Harvey said.

"This again shows that Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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