UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

April 24, 2008 05:22 ET

Reminder: UFCW Canada Port Colborne rally to announce Robin Hood boycott

UFCW Canada's call for nationwide boycott of Robin Hood products comes on first anniversary of worker lockout at Robin Hood milling facility in Port Colborne, Ontario

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UFCW Canada National President Wayne Hanley will announce a nationwide boycott of Robin Hood flour, oatmeal, and baking products at a rally to be held on Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m. outside the main gate entrance to Horizon Milling in Port Colborne, Ontario.

Horizon Milling refines and distributes flour and baking products under the Robin Hood brand name. The call for a boycott of Robin Hood products comes on the first anniversary of the lockout of 61 Horizon workers who are members of UFCW Canada Local 416P. They have been locked out of their jobs since April 24, 2007.

The workers have been trying to reach an agreement with Horizon Milling since their collective agreement expired on November 30, 2006, but Horizon isn't listening. In fact, Horizon hasn't met with the union negotiating committee in more than six months.

The company's last offer to its workers (whose average seniority is 22 years) demanded a reduction in benefits, salary, and pensions; the removal of enhanced severance; and downsizing of the workforce as well as a wage freeze for three years.

The Robin Hood boycott to be announced Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m. is in conjunction with the Canadian Labour Congress and the Ontario Federation of Labour.

WHAT:
Solidarity rally and call for a national boycott of Robin Hood products on the first anniversary of the lockout of UFCW Canada Local 416P members at Horizon Milling.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Horizon Milling (Main entrance)
2 Omer Avenue (also know as Sherwood Forest Lane)
Port Colborne, Ontario

WHO:
Available for interview:
Wayne Hanley, National President, UFCW Canada
Fred Cronshaw, President. UFCW Canada Local 416P

UFCW CANADA CONTACT ON LOCATION:
Bob Linton, Director, Political Action and Government Relations
416-675-1104 office 416-577-6160 office

/For further information: Michael Forman
UFCW Canada National Communications
416-675-1104 x249 office
416-579-8330 cell/ IN: AGRICULTURE, ECONOMY, LABOUR, RETAIL, TRADE

Contact Information

  • Bob Linton, Director, Political Action and Government Relations, UFCW Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-675-1104 ext. 226
    Secondary Phone: 416-577-6160
    E-mail: blinton@ufcw.ca