Will You Stop Buying Beer In Cans?
Poll closed: Feb. 4, 2016 @ 12:00 AM
On September 6, 2013, the workers at a Crown Holdings canning plant in Weston, a north Toronto neighbourhood, went on strike. Crown Holdings is an American multinational corporation that is the largest metal food packaging company in the world. They have 147 plants world wide.
Some of the strike issues include
- A two tier wage system that would permanently cut new hires wages by $9/hour.
- A 5 year freeze on the pension plan – after no increases for 9 years
- Elimination of hours available to the Local Union President to conduct union business
- Elimination of physical presence of the union in the plant
In March 2014, Crown Holdings forced a vote on the offer. It was turned down by a count of 117 to 1. However, the company has been using scab labour. In July 2014, Crown Holdings stated that even if the union was to accept an offer that included the cuts to wages and benefits, they were only prepared to accept 26 of the approximately 120 workers back. The remaining workers would be scabs. The USW filed an unfair labour practice complaint at the Ontario Labour Relations Board on September 5, 2014, charging that Crown Holdings is violating its duty to bargain in good faith by making unreasonable offers to avoid reaching an agreement. (WLRC Sep. 30, 2014)
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