Unifor members and allies rally to support striking Windsor Salt workers

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Lana Payne outside posing with Jodi Nesbitt and Bill Wark

Unifor members, fellow unionists and community supporters from across Southwestern Ontario travelled to Windsor for a rally on Thursday, June 29. Members of Local 1959 and 240 have been on strike at Windsor Salt since February 17, 2023.

“Unifor members on strike have the full support of our union from coast to coast,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Members at Local 1959 and 240 have shown incredible solidarity and determination for months. We’re here to show them their struggle matters and we’re all-in to get them a fair contract.”

Keynote speakers at the rally included Lana Payne, National Secretary-Treasurer Len Poirier, Unifor Local 1959 President Bill Wark, Unifor Local 240 President Jodi Nesbitt, Windsor-area MPP Lisa Gretzky, and former CAW president Ken Lewenza.

Watch the full rally video: https://fb.watch/lA3_Re1E6d/

During his remarks, Poirier thanked the members on strike and encouraged them to continue to  stick to their principles to get a fair deal.

“It is a right to go on strike and to engage in collective bargaining in this country, and we are never going to forget that,” he said.

Poirier also thanked the many members who travelled from around the region to participate in the rally, including the retirees who can always be counted on to mobilize when they’re most needed.

Unifor representatives from the Windsor Salt mine in Nova Scotia flew in to show their support for their fellow members in Windsor. Representatives were also present from several unions including CUPE, ONA, OECTA, OPSEU and OSSTF among others.

View the photo album online: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.597486595802397&type=3

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Ian Boyko

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