Solidarity for St. Marys Workers: Rally on May 18

April 30, 2010, 2:55 PM EST

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CAW members in Ontario are being urged to take part in a rally on Tuesday, May 18 in Bowmanville in support of St. Marys cement workers on strike against company demands for concessions.

The employer refuses to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement and is demanding that workers give up their pension plan and move to a company contribution plan. CAW President Ken Lewenza is calling for a mass demonstration in support of these Local 222 members on May 18 at 11 a.m., 400 Waverly Road South in Bowmanville, Ontario. 

CAW local unions are also being asked to provide financial support to the 87 members of CAW Local 222.

The workers went on strike March 14. The employer is demanding the elimination of the pension plan in addition to other workplace and benefit concessions. "Despite the enormous profits of this Brazilian corporation they are determined to break this group of workers and eliminate their hard earned gains over the years," said Lewenza.

Lewenza urged local unions to provide their maximum financial support and messages of solidarity. Cheques should be made payable to CAW Local 222 and sent to:

Chris Buckley, President, CAW Local 222, 1425 Phillip Murray Avenue, Oshawa, Ontario, L1J 8L4. 


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