International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

March 19, 2008 16:00 ET

A Temporary Roadblock – But Machinists Campaign Continues

Attention: Assignment Editor, Automotive Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Transportation Editor CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - Wednesday March 19, 2008

For Immediate Release

Cambridge, ON - The IAM informed workers at the Toyota Canada plant in Cambridge today that it has withdrawn its application for a certification vote with the Ontario Labour Relations Board. The vote was to have been held tomorrow.

"Based on a bargaining unit employee list with over 900 new additional names submitted by Toyota late yesterday to the Board and the IAM, it was clear we didn't have enough signed membership cards," explained IAM District 140 Organizer Ian Morland.

Toyota filed an objection with the Board under section 8.1 of the Labour Relations Act which stipulates a union needs membership cards from at least 40 per cent of the bargaining unit to represent its members. Once Toyota filed the objection it was required by law to supply an up-to-date employee list which revealed the union has not met the 40 per cent threshold. Had a vote been held under these circumstances, the application for certification would have been dismissed.

"We want to make sure the ground for certification is ready and right now it isn't, so the campaign will continue until it is ready," said Morland. "The workers here approached us for union representation and we intend to honour that request."

The IAM represents thousands of members in the Canadian automotive transportation sector at assembly and parts manufacturing facilities in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. The IAM represents more than 700,000 active and retired members in North America and administers more than 5,000 contracts in transportation, woodworking, aerospace, manufacturing and defense-related industries.

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/For further information: For further information:
Ian Morland – IAM District 140 Organizer
905-671-3192 ext 222/416-875-8140
Bill Trbovich – IAM Director of Communications
416-386-1789 ext 31/416-735-9765
/ IN: AUTOMOTIVE, ECONOMY, FINANCE, LABOUR, TRANSPORT

Contact Information

  • Bill Trbovich, Director of Communications, IAMAW
    Primary Phone: 416-386-1789 ext. 6331
    Secondary Phone: 416-735-9765
    E-mail: btrbovich@iamaw.org