CAW Issues 72-Hour Strike Notice to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

September 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

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CAW representing supervisory, operations, maintenance and headquarters workers of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation have issued its 72-hour strike notice as required by the Canada Labour Code.

Should a new collective agreement not be reached before the deadline, a strike could commence as early as 12:00 noon on Monday, October 3.

The two sides began negotiations for the three collective agreements in May.

CAW President Ken Lewenza urged management to be more responsive to the CAW membership's key concerns. He said that the 72 hour notice has become necessary to get bargaining moving in the right direction. Lewenza also expressed the CAW's hope to reach new agreements, so that CAW members can continue to provide their customary high level of service to national and international shipping customers.

The two sides are scheduled to continue bargaining over the weekend with the assistance of an officer of the HRSDC Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

CAW Locals 4211, 4212, 4319, 4320 and 4323 represent 475 St. Lawrence Seaway workers across the Seaway system in Ontario and Quebec.

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