Kidd Creek Strike
July 9, 1999
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For the first time in 30 years the workers at the Kidd Creek Metallurgical Site in Timmins have set up picket lines at the Falconbridge facility. The 750 members of CAW Local 599 went on strike when negotiations for a new contract broke down over seniority and other issues.
The strike forced the shut down of Falconbridge's largest zinc and copper smelting and refining facility.
While Local 599 members walked the picket lines, the company countered with special security guards with cameras to tape all the strikers.
The Ontario Provincial police were also on hand.
As the plant operation ground to a halt the workers rallied behind their bargaining committee, giving their unqualified support. Other CAW locals pledged their support to the Local 599 strikers.
Local 598 Sudbury
"In the event of a strike at Local 599 , Local 598 will devote whatever moral, physical and monetary resources required to ensure that you guys succeed with your strike."
Support and tactical assistance has been forth coming from the CAW National office working directly with Local 599's bargaining committee and the membership to assist in coordinating the strike.
As nightfall brought hordes of mosquitoes the members remained determined.
"Those guys are going to back down on this seniority issue because that is what this is all about. We've been shafted by this company for the last four years."
"I have to do what I have to do to take care of my brothers and sisters and foremost my family and kids."
"It's about seniority and lay off rights. Nobody knows if they've got a job."
The second day into the strike saw management refusing to return to the negotiating table and the picketing members settling in.
"All the students are sons and daughters of the employees so we stand behind our parents and the union."
The members of Local 599 voted 96 percent for strike action.
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."