Machinerie Laurin’s Laval Unionized Workers Choose United Steelworkers

Laval, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – The forty or so workers employed by Machinerie Laurin in Laval have opted to join the United Steelworkers (USW). These workers manufacture industrial metal containers for waste materials. 

They made the decision to withdraw from another trade union organization, the Centrale des syndicats démocratiques (Congress of Democratic Unions), in order to join the Steelworkers Local 2008. The new union certification was granted at the beginning of January. 

"The time had come for us to change unions. Our voice was no longer being heard within the old union and the services had ceased to meet our needs. We are proud to have joined the United Steelworkers, a union that has evolved in keeping with the new workplace realities and has quickly adapted during the current pandemic," stated Marc-André Magnan, a representative of the group of unionized workers.

Negotiations will continue with the support of the United Steelworkers and will be based on the aspirations of the 40 or so new USW members. 

"We are very pleased to welcome the Machinerie Laurin workers into the larger USW family. Steelworkers place a high value on connections with members. A union is first and foremost the members who are in it," said USW Organizing Co-ordinator Mario Denis. 

Affiliated with the FTQ (Quebec Federation of Labour), the Syndicat des Métallos/United Steelworkers is the largest private-sector union in Quebec, representing more than 60,000 workers in all sectors of the economy. 

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Source: Syndicat des Métallos/United Steelworkers (FTQ)

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