Picket Ends as Local 636 Reaches Agreement with Meridian

July 22, 2009, 2:15 PM EST

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An agreement has been reached between Meridian and CAW local 636, ending a 20 day picket line outside the Meridian Automotive Systems plant in Brantford, Ontario. The union was able to secure some severance money that will be used in the event that Meridian goes bankrupt.

"The length of the picket showed the strength of our members and how crucial this severance pay is to the security of their future," said CAW Kitchener area director Steve Farkas.

The workers took to the street after learning that one of the company's customers, Xerox, was going to remove its tools and moulding from the plant. Recently all of Meridian's assets were put up for sale, except for six of the company's North American facilities including the Brantford plant that makes a variety of plastic moulding components for companies like Honda and Xerox.
"The picket and issue itself highlighted the need for the provincial and federal government to change legislation around severance pay so workers are not left out to dry," said Farkas.

The CAW represents approximately 90 workers at the Brantford plant.

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