·  

Vicwest Building Products Employees Join Steelworkers Union

STRATFORD, Ont. – Manufacturing workers at Vicwest Building Products in Stratford, Ont., have joined the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

After organizing to form a union, the Vicwest employees held a secret-ballot vote supervised by the Ontario Labour Relations Board and they voted in favour of joining the USW. The Vicwest workers manufacture steel roofing and cladding for commercial, residential and agricultural use.

Concerns raised by workers have included wage rates, pay inequity among employees, transparency in job postings, unjust discipline and dismissals, disrespect in the workplace and health and safety issues.

Next steps for the workers will include electing a bargaining committee that will negotiate their first collective agreement.

“We congratulate these workers for mobilizing to form a union and we’re honoured that they chose to join the USW,” said Marty Warren, USW Director for Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

“We will support these workers every step of the way as they enter collective bargaining to negotiate a fair contract that recognizes their hard work and their contributions to the company’s success,” Warren said.

###

For further information:

Marty Warren, USW Director for Ontario and Atlantic Canada, 416-243-8792
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, bgallagher@usw.ca

Press Inquiries

Thank You

Thank you for contacting us. We will try to get back to you in a timely manner.

Media Contacts

Communications Director:
Bob Gallagher
bgallagher@usw.ca
416-544-5966 or
416-434-2221

Communications Department:
Nicole Desnoyers
ndesnoyers@usw.ca
416-544-5991 

Communications Department - Québec
Clairandrée Cauchy
ccauchy@metallos.ca
514-774-4001 

Mailing Address

United Steelworkers
234 Eglinton Ave. E., 8th Floor
Toronto, ON M4P 1K7