Salt Workers to Consider Second Tentative Agreement
On August 24, the bargaining committees for Unifor Locals 240 and 1959 announced that they had reached a second tentative agreement with the owners of Windsor Salt, Stone Canyon Industries Holdings Inc. (SCIH), after in-person meetings with representatives of the company in Toronto. The workers have been on strike since February 17. This agreement comes after miners at the Ojibway Mine rejected a tentative agreement on July 21 because it contained unacceptable union-busting provisions including the refusal of the company to agree not to pursue retaliation against workers for actions provoked by the company. Workers at the evaporation plant and clerical workers at both the mine and evaporation plant have not voted on the first tentative agreement as they paused their votes when the miners rejected the agreement. Meetings for each bargaining unit to consider the new tentative agreements are taking place on Sunday, August 27.
Empower Yourself Now is confident that, just as they did with the previous tentative agreement, the salt workers in Windsor, Ontario will work out together how to vote in a manner that upholds their unity and the dignity of labour, as they have done since Day 1 of the strike.
Mariners Refuse to Cross Picket Line and Other Acts of Solidarity with Striking Salt Workers
In the past two weeks of the strike, workers report that a second Canada Steamship Lines crew rose to the occasion and refused to cross the water picket lines established by the Windsor Salt workers. This support is greatly appreciated as a concrete expression of solidarity, which means that now the crews of two ships are joining the salt workers in their fight on their own terms to uphold their own dignity and the dignity of labour as a whole.[21
At Unifor’s Canadian Council held in Halifax August 18-20, representatives of Unifor from across Canada rose in support of the striking salt workers in Windsor, Ontario. The council was addressed by representatives of the workers who updated council members on the strike and what they were fighting for and thanked locals from across the country for their ongoing financial support. At the meeting, more financial contributions were announced to sustain the workers’ strike.
In addition, from August 20-22 during the annual meeting of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation incoming and outgoing governors of the Federation once again raised their concerns both publicly and in private about the investments of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan with the directors of the Plan that is has appointed who were present at the meetings. A report from a Governor from the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association about his visit to the picket line in Windsor and the reasons workers he met with gave for rejecting the first tentative agreement they were presented with was a highlight keeping all Governors abreast of the developments in the strike.