Nestle Workers ask Toronto to Stop Rezoning

October 24, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

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Nestle workers, represented by CAW Local 252, are reaching out into the community to warn of possible problems on the horizon related to the rezoning of the area.  Part of the outreach includes canvassing and dropping a leaflet at neighbouring residences in Toronto's Ward 18, in both English and Portuguese.

The leaflet, signed by Nestle workers, reads in part:

"This large condo development could have a direct impact on the factory operations and our future employment. Over the years, Nestle has invested tens of millions of dollars in the facility. Past experience shows that when developments of this scale take place, new residents inevitably complain about local industry, calling for restricted activity and jeopardizing the jobs that have been there for generations.

Nestle workers live and have family ties in the community. There is a deep concern that the proposed high-rise condo will have a direct impact on the community and place enormous stress on traffic, parking, schools and local services."

A condo developer has already applied to the City of Toronto for rezoning of the neighbouring area, in order to build a large three tower development. Nestle workers are asking residents to get in touch with their city Councillor Ana Bailao to express their concerns about the development and to ask that the rezoning application be rejected.

Located on the west side of Toronto, the Nestle facility has been in operation for more than 100 years and employs 500 workers.

 The Nestle facility produces such Halloween favourites as Smarties, Coffee Crisp, Aero and Kit Kat. To lend support to the effort, please call CAW Local 252 Financial Secretary Barry Lines at 416-495-3774.

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