Frustrated by a lack of action at the bargaining table during a strike in its 16th week, miners from CBM/St. Marys cement plant in Bowmanville brought their protest to the company’s Windsor location on Tuesday.
Members of CAW Local 222, backed by about a dozen local union officials and supporters, slowed cement trucks throughout the day from entering St. Marys’ riverfront Russell Street plant location on the city’s west end for 15 minutes each.
The company is one of Canada’s largest quarry, gravel and cement operations. Almost 90 workers in Bowmanville have been without a contract since Jan. 31 and have been fighting changes to their pension plan.
There have been no talks since the strike started in mid-March. Local St. Marys employees are Teamsters members and not part of the strike.
"What we are hoping to do is get the company’s attention," said Enzo Vizza, a member of the bargaining committee in Bowmanville who was leading the rally in Windsor. "We don’t want a raise and just hold the contract the way it is."