Victory At PC World

September 23, 1997


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Victory at PC World
Victory At PC World
dated September 23, 1997

Victory At PC World

It took nine months, a plant occupation and defiance of an injunction but the workers at PC World in Scarborough have won back their jobs and their fight against a wage roll back.. The company, a computer circuit board manufacturer, refused to bargain in good faith and used scab labour. To force a resumption of bargaining to end the nine-month strike the CAW took the extreme measure of occupying the plant. Workers, supported by hundreds of CAW members from across the province, defied a court order to leave. It was a desperate move against an unreasonable employer.

Bob Chernecki
Assistant to CAW National President

"The employer here used every anti-union trick in the book to try and destroy the union. Clearly a decision by the Ontario Labour Relations Board, which is the decision maker in terms of these issues, telling them to bargain in good faith and they refused to do that, so who violated the law here? Those actions that were taken by the employer to just ignore a board decision, which they did, clearly they did, I think that obviously required a response."

Even when police posted court injunction notices on the doors of the plant the CAW members stood fast and refused to move. The occupation ended peacefully but only after the company agreed to resume bargaining and let an arbitrator rule on any outstanding issues.

Bob Chernecki
Assistant to CAW National President

"These workers would not have a collective agreement, would not have their union fighting back on their behalf and them standing up for nine months against a vicious anti-union employer."

But even with an arbitrator's binding decision, the fight at PC World is far from over. When local 124 members reported for work on September 22nd, they learned of yet another violation of their rights.

Bob Chernecki
Assistant to CAW National President

"This employer doesn't want a relationship with these workers. It certainly appears he's smarting a little bit this morning about the decision of the arbitrator. He's now, again, as he has been all the way along in this dispute, making a vicious response by firing three members of the committee. So it will be a tough morning this morning at PC World with three members of their committee on discharge. We'll work it through, we'll respond accordingly"

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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