Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

September 17, 2010 14:47 ET

Day Three of Labour Action: ECP Finally Ready to Bargain

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2010) - Fifteen long months later, and three days after the start of intensive labour action, word has finally come that Engineered Coated Products (ECP) Brantford is ready to get down to business.

Only hours ago, Canadian Director of the United Steelworkers (USW) Ken Neumann, told the cheering crowd outside the Brantford Courthouse the union and company would now be returning to negotiations and thanked the OFL for its role in helping to make progress in what has been called a "nightmare strike."

This is day 754 of a strike that could have been settled a long time ago if the provincial government had restored anti-scab legislation.

OFL President Sid Ryan, who has been on the picket lines for the past three days, called the news a major example of what union solidarity can accomplish. Workers from across the province arrived in Brantford to support the USW strikers and stayed on the picket lines 24-hours a day.

The plant has been closed for the past three days and there has been no productivity.

"This turn of events holds promise for workers; but the real heroes are the 84 members of USW I-500 who fought this battle for two long years on behalf of the entire labour movement. Not one of them crossed that picket line," said Ryan.

"We can move mountains and we have. We must now turn our energy to the absence of anti-scab legislation."

"We want ECP and its U.S.-based parent company Intertape Polymer to understand that we will be watching and will return if necessary. We won't tolerate any more hardship heaped upon the shoulders of the employees. You're not going to be allowed to starve these people into submission."

"We'll go employer by employer, city by city, to confront companies using scabs. And we will mount as much pressure as possible on Premier Dalton McGuinty to restore anti-scab legislation," said Ryan who has made its reinstatement a priority objective for the OFL.

The ECP campaign has been led by the OFL, Brantford and District Labour Council, USW Local I-500 and Ontario largest unions.

See previous OFL media releases on Marketwire and at www.ofl.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Sid Ryan
    President
    416-209-0066
    or
    Ontario Federation of Labour
    Lynn Simmons
    OFL Communications Director
    416-668-7480
    www.ofl.ca