How you can support locked-out Electro-Motive workers
Workers at Electro-Motive appreciate the outpour of community support so far.
At any given time, there are 16-30 people on the picket line, on a rotating basis. The long hours outdoors can get very cold and frustrating.
If you live in the London area and can visit the line:
- bring your union flag and warm clothing
- take along some sandwiches, hot soup, coffee, etc
- bring your family and kids to talk to them about unions and what they do
If you work at or own a local business and would like to help in some way, please get in touch with CAW Local 27 President Tim Carrie.
If you don't live in London or within driving distance:
- write a letter to your Member of Parliament and ask them to push for a review of the June 2010 purchase of Electro-Motive by Caterpillar, under the Investment Canada Act and an overhaul of the inadequate act itself.
- write a letter of support to Electro-Motive workers to be distributed on the picket line. Send your letters to email@example.com
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