Unifor associates have occupied the Northstar Aerospace plant in Milton, Ont., halting forming in a protest over worker pensions as the company prepares to close within two months.
The imprint currently produces gears and transmissions for Boeing.
«At the end of the day, this is a company that is nearby and our members are going to lose about 25 per cent of our pensions,» articulate Unifor national president Jerry Dias.
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Dias bid Northstar and its parent company, Wynnchurch Capital, have been «inherently fresh» leading up to the closure by failing to come to the bargaining table and «see how we can find suspensions for our retirees.»
A statement released by Unifor accuses Northstar of refusing «to bump into rendezvous with the 24 per cent pension shortfall for workers facing job loss.»
«This shortfall resolve affect future and current retirees, some of whom are already on a undeviating income after having worked at the facility for more than 40 years,» it means.
Beginning at 3:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, Unifor members entered the facility, foiling the start of production. As of 12:30 p.m. ET, they were still inside while a protester line has formed outside.
Unifor members who work for the plant were not at the disagree.
Dias told CBC Toronto that management representatives were positioned across the street from the plant, adding he expects to speak with them as intimately as with Boeing management before the day is done.
CBC has requested a comment from Northstar Aerospace and Wynnchurch Finances.
Northstar Aerospace told CBC it plans to release a statement.