Negotiations Set to Resume
On March 16, Unifor Locals 240 and 1959, which represent the workers at Windsor Salt's two operations in Windsor, Ontario, issued a joint statement with Windsor Salt announcing their return to bargaining on Wednesday, March 22.
According to the statement, the company and the union engaged in informal discussions about a pathway back to the bargaining table over the last 24 hours. As a result, "they both agree that a return to the bargaining table is in their best interests, and they are optimistic that they will be able to reach a collective agreement that is fair and equitable to all parties involved."
The workers are pleased that negotiations will resume, but they are concerned about the almost six-day delay between the announcement and the resumption of talks. They suspect that this delay is due to the company having to bring in their U.S. lawyer from the union-busting law firm Jackson Lewis which is leading the negotiations. They believe this shows the company's continued arrogance in dealing with their livelihoods.
Despite their concerns, the workers hope that their efforts and the support they have received from their community and other members of the labor movement in Canada have convinced the company and its owners Stone Canyon Industries Holdings Inc. to negotiate in a manner that respects the workers and their union, rather than engaging in union-busting tactics.
This article was published in
Number 14 - March 17, 2023
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