Crown Metal Packaging strike ends after 22 months
Employees ratify six-year deal that guarantees a return to their jobs.
TORONTO — Employees of the Crown Metal Packaging factory in Toronto have ratified a new collective agreement, ending a 22-month strike.
Members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9176 voted July 19 to accept a six-year collective agreement with Crown. The return to work process will begin Aug. 10.
A tentative agreement was negotiated July 8 after the company withdrew what USW described as one of the major impediments to a settlement – its attempt to bar many striking workers from returning to their jobs. The company had recruited replacement workers to operate the Toronto factory during the labour dispute.
The new collective agreement guarantees the rights of all striking employees to return to their jobs. It also includes enhanced retirement and severance provisions for employees who decide not to return to the plant.
Marty Warren, USW’s Ontario Director, accused the Ontario government of sitting idle “as a giant corporation provoked a labour dispute, then brought in replacement workers to try to destroy decent jobs in our province.”