Steelworkers at PTI Manitoba Inc. Ratify New Agreement, Company Must Work to Rebuild Trust After Lockout

WINNIPEG, Sept. 27, 2017 - Members of United Steelworkers Local 4297, employed by PTI Manitoba Inc., have voted in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement with their employer.

The agreement comes after a challenging round of bargaining during which PTI Manitoba management demanded a number of concessions that would have rolled back decades worth of improvements to the collective agreement and proceeded with a lockout of their own employees.

"Our members have demonstrated the true meaning of solidarity. Faced with attacks by management, Steelworkers stood together and supported the work of the bargaining committee to achieve a fair deal that protects the pension plan and maintains retirement security for all employees," says Roy Leslie, USW Staff Representative.

"USW members at PTI Manitoba Inc. take great pride in their work and have given 100%. Management's attempts to turn the clock back have done tremendous harm to the relationship with their employees as well as the community," says Stephen Hunt, United Steelworkers Director for Western Canada.

"The ball is now firmly in their court to rebuild a relationship based on trust and respect."

Local 4297 thanks the family members of Steelworkers and the many community members and organizations for their support during the lockout.

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For further information:

Roy Leslie, USW Staff Representative, 204-940-3050, rleslie@usw.ca; Brad West, USW Communications, 604-313-9185, bwest@usw.ca

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