INJUNCTION AGAINST CAW OCCUPYING JOHNSON CONTROLS PLANT DISMISSED
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April 15, 1999
INJUNCTION AGAINST CAW OCCUPYING
(TORONTO)----Johnson Controls sought to get an injunction today regarding the Canadian Auto Workers union occupation of its plant in Stratford, Ontario. The injunction was dismissed on a technicality late this afternoon but the company can reapply should it choose to do so.
Assistant to the President Hemi Mitic said, "What we need here is to resolve this dispute in the spirit of the collective agreement we bargained in January. We bargained early retirement incentives in January to bring people back to work, not to see jobs shipped out of this plant, out of this community, to Mexico."
The workers resolved to remain occupying the plant until they achieve a satisfactory resolution. The approximately 20-30 workers, members of CAW Local 1325, occupied the plant at 5:30 am today while hundreds of their co-workers came to the plant expecting to work but instead cheered when informed of the events which had taken place. Members of other CAW locals, some from as far away as two hours drive have come to lend their support.
The CAW represents approximately 600 workers at the plant which supplies seat covers to Chrysler's Brampton assembly facilities.
Contact: Jane Armstrong, CAW Communications Dept.