July 4, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
London, Canada – The union representing striking workers at a London window manufacturer announced June 28 that it had reached a tentative contract agreement that would end the walkout.
The proposed three-year deal, which will cover about 150 workers at the Gentek Building Products Ltd. plant, will give them 2% annual wage increases and protect the jobs of 40 probationary workers the company had threatened to fire, said Jim Reid, head of Unifor Local 27, which represents the workers. “We are all feeling pretty good,” he told the London Free Press. “I think they underestimated the strength of the membership and the solidarity of this group.” The walkout began just after midnight June 23, with workers saying the main issue was a lack of respect from management. The company had been laying off employees with seniority while keeping more junior employees on, Reid said, and workers often didn’t find out that they had to work overtime until the end of their shifts, with management claiming that it was because of an emergency. He said the new contract would resolve the issue of layoffs in order of seniority. Read more
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