Advanced Metal Occupation

Woodstock, Ontario

July 28, 2000


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Advanced Metal Occupation
Advanced Metal Occupation
dated July 25, 2000
 

Advanced Metal Occupation
June 21, 2000
Woodstock Ontario

       At 3 p.m. on June 21st the workers at Advanced Metal Products in Woodstock, Ontario learned that the company was packing up fixtures for their main customers and loading them onto trucks. The union responded by occupying the plant in an effort to save their jobs. The next day the owners retaliated by voluntarily putting the company into bankruptcy, leaving the workers without severance pay and owing them $300,000 in vacation pay.

Bob Summers
Plant chairperson, CAW Local 636
       "Our jobs are gone right now. If there is someway we can bargain through this receiver and hopefully keep the plant open for a perspective buyer, great. We are more than willing to do that. You know the guys are just chopping at the bit. They want to get back to work. The old company said it has nothing to do with the workers on the floor. The workers were great. We're the ones who made the place go."

       The Union tried to negotiate with the bankruptcy trustee and initially it looked like some progress was being made. The CAW got support from the Mayor of Woodstock.

George Geoghegan,
Woodstock Mayor

       "We obviously don't want this plant to close because we have got a lot of jobs here in Woodstock and we need every job we can get."

       Despite the local support, and the best negotiating efforts of the CAW the trustee reversed his co-operative position, went to the courts in Toronto and got an injunction to force the workers from the plant. The workers decided to obey the law.

Bob Summers
Plant chairperson, CAW Local 636
      
"The main objective here for these workers is to try and get a resolve of this thing of a potential buyer comes in to buy it. Whether it is next week or next month, if we can save face on this thing and walk away and save our jobs that's what we would like to do."

       Five hours after the court issued the injunction, the police arrived and served the injunction. The workers then proudly left the plant, knowing they had fought the good fight.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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