SAY No! To Tim Horton's

London, Ontario

November 2, 2000


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SAY No ! to Tim Horton's
SAY No ! to Tim Horton's
dated November 2, 2000
 

SAY No ! to Tim Horton's

London Ontario, October 27, 2000
       In the cold pre-dawn, strikers at two Tim Horton's in London, members of CAW RW local 448 set up their information picket line. They were joined by members of other CAW locals in their "Say No! To Tim Horton's" campaign. Most of the passing motorists showed their support of the strikers by not crossing the picket line.

Sharon Molloy
CAW/RW Local 448

       "All we are asking for is guaranteed hours and guaranteed job security, what's so hard about that? You know I'll work for $6.85 an hour but I want to be guaranteed that I'm going to have my full time hours if that's what I was hired for or part time hours if that's what I was hired for."

       The strike is 26 weeks old but morale is still high. The workers, most of them women, see it as a fight for fair treatment not higher pay.

Eva Kelly
CAW/RW Local 448

       "It's not really money, it's more working conditions and fairness and being treated like a human being. That's all."

Peter Kennedy
Assistant to National Secretary-Treasurer




       "For the full time workers, although ostensibly they work 40 hours a week they are looking for a guarantee of 32. They have a 24 hour guarantee right now and if the company would give them that 32 hour guarantee that would settle this strike.
       The problem that we have here is that they use the hours to discipline people."


       In the franchise world, a Tim Horton's franchise is considered almost a license to print money. Being shut down by a strike means no money for anybody. Despite this the company refuses to even come to the bargaining table.

Peter Kennedy
CAW National Rep.


      
"For all intents and purposes the operation that has been on strike has been completely abandoned since the outset, so I think that this is being bankrolled by the corporate headquarters. They know that they are mistreating the workers. That they are abusing their employees and their staff all across the province and indeed the country. If we can get a toe hold here, I think they realize that they are going to be very susceptible to unionization across the piece."

       Despite the cold and the rain, the workers are determined to continue the fight.

Sharon Molloy
CAW/RW Local 448

       "I have a son and a daughter who will be coming into the work force in three or four years. I don't want them to have to go through the garbage that I'm going through. Hopefully by then it will be fair enough that I won't have to be out on the strike line with them."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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