BBI Workers In Ajax Blockade Plant, Win Some Severance Pay

June 24, 2009


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BBI Workers In Ajax Blockade Plant, Win Some Severance Pay
BBI Workers In Ajax Blockade Plant, Win Some Severance Pay
dated June 24, 2009

Ajax, Ontario
June 24, 2009
      

Ajax, Ontario
June 24, 2009


Steve Bachelor
Pres. CAW Local 1090

       "The company announced last Thursday that they were no longer viable and that they were going to be closing the plant. That there was going to be a wind down of the plant. Estimated date for closure was July 31st. Monday morning, the workers showed up to work, and began working. And shortly before nine they were asked to leave and told very clearly that there was no money for severance. We immediately set up blockades down here because we were also told on that same morning that GM, Chrysler and Toyota were planning to come in and pick up their tools."

Cindy Homes
CAW Local 1090 20 years Service

       "We're still in a little bit of shock here. Coming in yesterday morning and after working an hour they called us off the floor and said go home."


Ilin Wood
CAW Local 1090 18 years Service

       "As I say, the last letter was the end of July. It could change. I'm pissed off 'cuz I'm sixty-two. I ain't going to get no job."

Steve Bachelor
Pres. CAW Local 1090

       "General Motors was in court and were successful yesterday in getting an injunction, and they came to the picket line approximately 4:30 last night. With the police and with the sheriff, they posted the order and asked us, GM asked us, if we would allow them access. And of course we denied that request."

Robert Tucker
CAW Local 1090 16 years Service

       "We're basically holding everything here until our money comes through first. Like, we've got bills to pay too. So I'm going be sitting out here 'til the end anyways. I'll be here. I've been here since the start. I'm going be here until everything's finished up."

Terry Essery
CAW Local 1090 18 years Service

       "We're not asking for anything that isn't owed. We're not asking for anything over and above. All we are looking for is basically for GM to pay their bill."

 

Sandy LaCroix
CAW Local 1090 18 years Service

       "Somewhere there was a breakdown, somewhere in this buy out. 'Cause all the tax payers money is going for this bail out and we're all losing our jobs."

Scott Harrison
CAW Local 1090 12.5 years Service Union Steward Afternoon Shift

       "We're solid here right now. Everybody's in the same boat. Nobody's going to leave this place until we figure that we've exhausted every possible option that we have in order to, you know, get what we rightfully deserve."

Sandy LaCroix
CAW Local 1090 18 years Service

       "We want our money. We've been here a long time and it's all we want. Our severance. Give us our severance and we'll go."

Lisa Carter
CAW Local 1090 10 years Service

       "Somebody has to pay us. Somebody. Because we deserve it. We worked for it."

 

Cindy Homes
CAW Local 1090 20 years Service

       "Our plant here in Ajax was turning a profit and like I said we don't understand why they can just close us like this. Our understanding is it's because of GM and Chrysler are not paying their bills, so they don't have that money so they can't give us our money. That's the bottom line. And we were under the understanding that when the government bailed out GM and Chrysler, that that money would help all of us. But it seems like the money didn't go any further than those two companies."

Adrian Carbonaro
CAW Local 1090 15 years Service

       "It seems that the laws are more geared toward the business people and the corporations and the companies, and when it comes to the little guy and us, we have no protection."

 

Steve Bachelor
Pres. CAW Local 1090

       We're going to hold out as long as we can until we get a commitment from either BBI or General Motors or Chrysler that they're willing to look after these workers."



       The Blockade at BBI came down after Chrysler and Toyota agreed to pay their share of the severance. GM has agreed to meet with the CAW.

CAW Fighting Back Makes A Difference.


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