Via USW Local 404 The 120 members of USW Local 9176 in Toronto, Ontario were forced on strike last September after Crown demanded major concessions from employees, including a two-tier wage plan that would permanently cut wages for new hires by up to 4 …
The 120 members of USW Local 9176 in Toronto, Ontario were forced on strike last September after Crown demanded major concessions from employees, including a two-tier wage plan that would permanently cut wages for new hires by up to 42%, despite paying its CEO John Conway up to $14 million in compensation ($7,000 per hour).
Crown is also engaged in a widespread anti-union campaign to undermine labor rights throughout its global operations including firing four labour activists who spent over a year on a union organising drive at Crown’s operations in Turkey.
Strikers and community supporters from Toronto travelled to Crown Holding’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia to confront the company’s CEO and shareholders.
Attending the rally in Philadelphia were Kemal Ozkan, assistant general secretary of IndustriALL and Mark Lyon of Unite and USi Advisory Board member. Both held shareholder proxies and attended the shareholder meeting, presided over by Crown chief executive John Conway. Canadian steelworkers official Joseph Drexler also attended the meeting, said Ozkan asked Conway why Crown had not recognised a Turkish court decision ordering Crown to recognise the Turkish workers’ union. Four written questions by the unions were unanswered on the Toronto situation.
Kemal Özkan condemned Conway saying, “This is unprecedented, not only Crown Holdings shows disrespect to its workers who in daily hardship are growing its wealth, but the company’s arrogance goes as far as to ignore the concerns of their shareholders in the issues that have a direct impact on company’s future. We will not stop there and will continue escalating our solidarity campaign together with the workers of Crown Holdings, and we render the leadership of the company accountable for all unsustainability the company will face in the future.”
For more information on the campaign please visit the USW website here.
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