Water­ville TG work­ers vote to strike

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Water­ville

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.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Coat­i­cook on Tues­day morn­ing.

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