19 December 2007

Boycott Sun-Rype

Labour dispute for Sun-Rype Teamster members drags on:

Dec. 17, 2007

Striking Sun-Rype workers remain united despite attacks on picketers, the company's attempt to bypass the union and negotiating committee, the onset of cold weather and the approach of winter holidays.

The 260 Teamsters went on strike at 7 a.m. on Tuesday Nov. 6. Issues of concern include contracting out, job security and wages and benefits. The collective agreement expired on Aug. 31, 2006. No further talks are scheduled at this time.

The company sent its latest offer directly to employees, bypassing the union and the negotiating committee.

The union members are pleased with a recent decision from the Labour Relations Board. They went to the board looking for a declaration that the company was in violation of Section 68 regarding replacement workers. The company was using strikebreakers to haul apples. The LRB agreed with the union's position.

For extensive information about this strike in Kelowna please go to: http://www.teamsters213.org/

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