Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

July 21, 2005 16:44 ET

BREWERY WORKERS FIRED DURING UNION DRIVE

Unfair Labour Practices complaint filed with Board after Steelback Brewery fires workers Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - July 21, 2005) - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) filed an unfair labour practices complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) on July 18, 2005 with charges that the employer, Steelback Brewery in Tiverton, Ontario, had terminated the employment of four union supporters in a bid to defeat a union drive.

The organizing committee members were laid off when they reported to work on Monday, July 18, 2005. The union drive started on Friday, July 15, 2005. SEIU has filed an application for certification and filed a complaint with the OLRB. Employees will vote on whether they wish to be represented by the union next week.

The key issues for these workers include low wages, unpaid overtime and poor health and safety in the plant.

"The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is simply outraged that these transparent union-busting tactics are still going on in this province," said OFL president Wayne Samuelson. "Hearing about workers being fired during a union drive sounds like something from the 1920s and 30s. This is why we need strong laws in this province to prevent this type of employer intimidation."

cope343 /For further information: Dana Boettger
OFL Communications Director
416.443.7665/ IN: LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Tom Galivan - SEIU Canada Local 2.on
    Primary Phone: 905-870-2709