Waterville TG workers vote to strike
During a Metallos union meeting on Sunday, in Sherbrooke, Waterville TG Inc. workers voted by a very slim margin not to accept the contract offered by their employer and hit the picket lines. Production at their plants stopped right after the vote and workers were asked to leave.
Although about 75% of the workers voted not to accept the contract that their officials had worked on for months with the company during a union meeting two and a half weeks ago, only 50.8% of the roughly 500 workers who attended last Sunday’s meeting voted in favour of a strike. The company, which manufactures weather stripping for cars in their plants in Sherbrooke, employs about eight hundred people. They have not received a raise since 2007 and have been without a contract since July of 2011.
The workers are look- ing for a retroactive pay increase of 75 cents an hour while the employer would like to make changes to the pension plan and move the Good Friday holiday.
Another union meeting will take place this morning at the Université de Sherbrooke.
Coaticook on Tuesday morning.