Teamsters Canada

Teamsters Canada

April 22, 2008 13:22 ET

Media Advisory: No Announcement Expected Today Regarding the Crocs Plant in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - The Teamsters Union has no announcement to make at the current time. Any announcement would be premature at this stage and jeopardize the plant's rehabilitation project.

Representatives of the Teamsters Union, the FTQ and the local plant management met this morning in Quebec City to take stock of the situation following the closure of the Crocs plant.

The FTQ's Solidarity Fund is interested in financially participating in the rehabilitation. Furthermore, another funder is ready to help Mr. Andrew Reddyhoff and Ms. Marie-Claude de Billy buy back the machines used to produce plastic foam products.

"The negotiations are going smoothly," explains Serge Berube, president of Local Union 1999 which represents the plant's employees. "The process is taking longer than expected, but we are hopeful of saving at least some of the jobs."

"The rehabilitation of the plant is based on the principle that you sometimes have to take a step back before leaping forward," explains Stephane Lacroix, director of communications for the Teamsters Union. "Both cofounders of the plant - Mr. Reddyhoff and Ms. de Billy - are sincere in their intentions and are currently at work on a plan that will benefit everyone."

The Creations Foam company was founded with forty or so employees and counted close to 1,000 last fall.

"These entrepreneurs have already demonstrated their ingenuity and that is promising for the future," adds Mr. Lacroix.

The Teamsters Union will be in contact with Crocs workers by the end of the week to inform them of their severance pay and explain the adjustment committee to them.

Meeting with the provincial government

A meeting is scheduled for tomorrow with representatives of Ministers Sam Hamad and Raymond Bachand in Quebec City. Will be discussed the rehabilitation of the plant itself as well as the adjustment committee set up by the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity.

"We appreciate that our elected officials are getting involved in the matter," adds Mr. Berube. "We believe that together, we'll be able to find solutions to mitigate the negative impact of the plant's closure."

The Teamsters Union will inform the media of the detailed rehabilitation plan as soon as they are official.

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