Strike over for UNIFOR 199 at Seneca

Thanks to workers' successful defence of the picket line, auto parts did not leave the company's premises and the employer was pressured to talk to Unifor rep.  Employer maintained that the company is on the verge of bankruptcy. The company who was to receive the parts (a third party to the dispute), offered to pay lost wages to the workers in order to receive the parts. Of the 14 workers of this bargaining unit, only eight will be going back to work.

Workers involved in Standoff at Seneca Manufacturing win Settlement

Unifor Local 199 is pleased to report a settlement to end the work stoppage at Seneca Manufacturing has been reached.  At 9 pm on Monday night after a full day of bargaining workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the agreement that includes immediate payment of lost wages withheld by the Employer as well as a full settlement to the outstanding arbitration and Labor Relations Board rulings. 

The agreement will see up to half of the fourteen workers return to work beginning Wednesday however, the future of the business with the current ownership is questionable as a result of the negative financial environment and failing business model.‎ The agreement allows for the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement to be enforced month to month as well as a continued relationship with their current customers into 2017 as we look for new investment. 

A resolve to this very difficult labor strike was reached after a nine-hour standoff on Sunday evening when the employer tried to remove parts from the plant.  The standoff brought the parties back to the bargaining table on Monday. This settlement could not have been achieved without the outpouring of support of so many union activists from all over the province who walked the picket line, night and day throughout the stoppage. 

The Local Union would like to thank the Seneca Bargaining committee and Unifor National Rep Doug Orr for their hard work pulling this agreement together.  

The Bargaining Committee would also like to acknowledge the people of the community for their generosity to the picket line over the two week work stoppage as well as the Niagara District Labour Council, MPP Wayne Gates and his staff for their support.

Images from the Seneca Standoff have been posted on our website at the following links.