Sterling Truck Workers Forced Out On Strike Over Wages

March 13, 2006


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Sterling Truck Workers Forced Out On Strike Over Wages
Sterling Truck Workers Forced Out On Strike Over Wages
dated March 13, 2006

St. Thomas, Ontario
March 12, 2006

       Despite a massive turn around in the fortunes of the truck manufacturing industry the 2,000 workers at the Sterling Truck plant in St. Thomas Ontario have been forced out on strike by an employer who refuses to share the wealth with the people who have helped create it. Richard Laverty, chair of the bargaining committee told the workers at a meeting in London Sunday March 12th that the company has underestimated the determination of the workers.

Richard Laverty
CAW Local 1001 Bargaining chair

       "We will not look back. The victory will be ours and there is no more formidable force than the Sterling worker, and our employer has absolutely taken on the wrong opponent."

       Bob Chernecki assistant to CAW national president Buzz Hargrove reminded the workers that over the past three years the output at the plant has skyrocketed.

Bob Chernecki
Assist. to CAW national president

       "We have doubled it. And boy oh boy there has got to be recognition in this agreement because of that. They are making a lot of money off that plant and don't buy that they are not, because we're not as a bargaining committee."

       With over 1,300 workers at the meeting applauding their bargaining committee, the resolve to win a fair wage increase is set, according to Laverty.

Richard Laverty
CAW Local 1001 Bargaining chair

       "People need to know that we can not, nor will we attempt to sell a collective agreement to our membership that doesn't keep pace with the cost of living. We're not looking to shake every nickel out of the company's pockets here but we need substantial wage increases. The cost of living was 2.7 per cent last year. We've got to hit that and then some."

       The spirit on the picket line is calm and confident, according to CAW Local 1001 president Greg Anderson.

Greg Anderson
CAW Local 1001 President

       "They are fully in support of the issues outstanding. They fully recognize where this bargaining committee has gone in regards to the negotiations and the support is over whelming. They know our fight is right and they know we are going to win it."

Cevan Broome
CAW 1001

       "I don't really like being on strike but I know why we are out here and I am willing to do what I have to do get what I want."



Sandra Simmons
CAW 1001

       "I think times are good. Trucks are selling and I think they need to share a little bit of the wealth. I think they should want to take care of their employees and not have us out here."

       The workers at the Sterling Truck Plant are one of the keys to DaimlerChrysler having a profit and Chernecki said they must get their fair share.

Bob Chernecki
Assist. to CAW national president

       "They have been responsible for 42% of the overall operating profit of DaimlerChrysler world wide. Well that says something about their trucks, it says something about the plant and it says something about the workers and we are after a fair agreement and we're not coming back without one."

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