QUEEN'S PARK – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement in support of striking Crown Metal Packaging workers.
“New Democrats stand in solidarity with the employees of Crown Metal Packaging who have been on strike for seventeen months. Crown – a profitable American company – forced these workers on strike after demanding wage cuts as high as 42% and now says it will replace union workers even if they agree to all of Crown’s demands. This is despite the fact the workers recently won a corporate award for operating the most productive and safest Crown plant in North America. We applaud the USW campaign that encourages Ontarians to choose ‘bottles not cans’ when making beer purchases as a way to show support for our striking brothers and sisters and Ontario’s hard working middle class. Corporate bullying has no place at the bargaining table. These workers cannot win this fight alone and the government must take a stand and speak up for good Ontario jobs.”