CAW Fights JCI Closing

Stratford, Ontario

September 13, 2001


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CAW Fights JCI Closing
CAW Fights JCI Closing
dated September 13, 2001

Stratford, Ontario

       The 500 members of CAW Local 1325 at the Johnson Controls Inc. in Stratford Ontario have vowed to fight the company's plans to close their plant.


Hemi Mitic
Assistant to CAW National President

       "I want to be as clear as I can with the membership, we told them 'that was not on! Our members are not prepared to accept the company's timetable of December 15th. That's unacceptable to the local union. It's unacceptable to the membership; it's unacceptable to the leadership of the local union and it's unacceptable to the national union.' And I told them in no uncertain terms that we will do what is necessary to protect our jobs if the company doesn't get off it."

Stratford April 1999
       On September 12th, JCI officials announced their plans to close the Stratford Trim plant despite a signed agreement that the Stratford plant would be the primary supplier of all the seating trim needs for the Bramalea Chrysler Assembly plant. That agreement was reached after a takeover of the plant by the union in April of 1999.
       Mitic says the members of CAW Local 1325 have the same "fight back" spirit today, as they had then.

Hemi Mitic
Assistant to CAW National President

       "If they are declaring war on our membership we have no choice but to respond. And if people are going to steal our jobs we have the right to protect what is ours. We are not saying and I want to repeat it: we're not saying that we are not prepared to sit down and try to work any problem through."

       Mitic told the membership the bargaining committee's first priority is to save their jobs in Stratford and that they have the complete backing of the CAW National office to fight the JCI decision.

Hemi Mitic
Assistant to CAW National President

       "Their decision to close is unacceptable. We have to make sure we bargain an agreement that is fair to our members and we are not excluding anything. If they want to put on the table $50,000 or $40,000 or whatever it is as a buyout, then we might have to look at something like that, but that is option number two. And right now we are going to be focused on the jobs themselves."

       The members unanimously endorsed a resolution backing their bargaining committee and the National union, in their efforts with JCI.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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