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Friday, June 29, 2018

Goderich Salt Mine Workers Enter Month 3 of Strike

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Workers walked off the job on April 27th over company demands surrounding working conditions, which include proposed shift extensions of up to 72 hours a week.

The union representing 360 striking workers at the Goderich salt mine vows to step up pressure, to bring company owner Compass Minerals back to the bargaining table.

Lions' Harbour Park was the scene of an afternoon rally Thursday to thank and support members of UNIFOR Local 16-O, who are on strike against Compass to back contract demands.

Local 16-O President Glenn Sonier says the rally was timely, as union members enter the third month of the dispute.

Members walked off the job on April 27th over company demands surrounding working conditions, which include proposed shift extensions of up to 72 hours a week.

The two sides are close on wage issues.

Compass management earlier this month said replacement workers were being brought into the Goderich mine, to bolster salt production and perform maintenance tasks.

Sonier and UNIFOR National President Jerry Dias say Compass' use of replacement workers is unfair, and both say the union will step up pressure on the picket line.

Both point out the replacements are taking money out of Goderich, which hurts union members and the broader local economy.

Dias slams Compass for its attitude toward the strikers, saying the Kansas-based mine owner assumes they can treat employees in Goderich they way they do in their home state.

Kansas is one of 28 American states whose "right-to-work" laws prohibit unions from negotiating collective bargaining agreements with their members' employers.

Says Dias: "They started this fight, and we're gonna end it".


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