CAW Calls for a Reversal on Callaway Plant Closure Decision

August 9, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

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CAW President Ken Lewenza is calling on the top executives of Callaway Golf Company to revisit a recent decision to close its Concord, Ontario assembly and distribution facility in the coming months.

"The union is obviously disappointed in the decision and the effect it will have on the lives of more than one hundred workers at that facility," Lewenza said in a letter to Callaway CEO George Fellows and Senior Vice President David Laverty on August 3.

"There are 63 CAW members there with as much as 28 years seniority who will see a long term employment relationship severed."

The golf club equipment manufacturer announced plans to close the facility, suddenly, on July 27 less than one year after negotiating a new three-year agreement with CAW members that focused largely on job security. The facility is expected to close at some point over the next six to 14 months.

"This announcement was a shock to us all," said Bob Orr, assistant to the CAW national president. "We are going to exercise every possible option to save these jobs and ensure our members are treated fairly."

Lewenza has requested that a meeting between CAW representatives and the company's top North American officials take place as soon as possible. Union representatives are scheduled to meet with plant managers to discuss the closure announcement on August 19.

Callaway workers in Concord are represented by CAW Local 462.


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