Mining & Smelting

Unifor members at Windsor Salt facing lay-offs

Windsor Salt is blaming market conditions for an impending idling of its mining operations in Windsor, Ontario. 

The cessation of operations could result in up to 150 Unifor members receiving lay-off notice. Unifor Local 1959 and 240 are currently in negotiations with the company on which workers will remain for maintenance procedures.

“Our goal in the next few days is to negotiate an aggressive return-to-work protocol to ensure the lay-off period is as short as possible,” said Local 1959 President Doug Shaw.

Myra Falls Mine curtailment is damaging to workers and the local economy

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C.—Unifor Local 3019 members are considering next steps after learning the company has filed for creditor protection under the Companies Creditor Arrangement Act (CCAA).

“We are going to fight for our members to ensure they get the severance and support they deserve,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. 

Mine operations will enter a “care and maintenance” phase. Most Unifor members will be immediately laid off and paid for two weeks. 

Unifor members ratify new contract with Windsor Salt

WINDSOR—The 192-day strike at Windsor Salt has come to an end after members of Unifor Local 240 and 1959 ratified a new five-year contract with the employer this afternoon.

“Determination on the picket line and rock-solid support from local unions and the community at large helped us achieve a contract our members could overwhelmingly support,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

The new collective agreements include wage increases of up to $4.60/hour over the term, a $3,000 ratification bonus, shift premium increases, and a variety of benefits enhancements.

Unifor and Windsor Salt reach tentative agreement

WINDSOR—A tentative agreement has been signed between bargaining committees representing members of Unifor Local 1959 and 240 and the employer, Windsor Salt.

The union began legal strike action 189 days ago on February 17, 2023.

More details will be made available after the ratification vote on Sunday, August 27.

This round of bargaining is the first since Windsor Salt was purchased by Stone Canyon Industries in 2021, a U.S-based private holding firm.

Unifor members and allies rally to support striking Windsor Salt workers

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.”

Windsor Salt divide-and-conquer tactics doomed to fail

WINDSOR—Unifor is extremely disappointed that Windsor Salt has resorted to bargaining in the public. Such tactics are counterproductive and doomed to fail.

“Windsor Salt has yet again made it more difficult to reach an agreement to end the 132-day strike with these kinds of actions,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. 

“Our members have been on strike for 18 weeks. They deserve a fair collective agreement—not disrespect.

More bargaining dates set for April in Windsor Salt dispute

The bargaining committee for Unifor Locals 1959 and 240 will meet again with the employer at Windsor Salt for four days the week of April 3, 2023.

The parties met during March 22 and 23 to seek a resolution to the dispute, which began on February 17, 2023 when the two locals began legal job action. Unifor Assistant to the National Officers Tim Mitchell reports that there has been some progress but contracting out and job security remain a major concern.

Ontario budget delivers investments, now must deliver on better jobs and stronger health care

TORONTO- Infrastructure, industry and health care investments are welcome in the Ontario budget, but government needs to take the next step and translate spending into good jobs and a stronger public health care system, including workforce development strategies.

"The Ontario government has put much needed money on the table - now they have to finish the job by ensuring that the work is done here in Ontario by Ontario workers. If we are going to build the transit of the future, let’s build it in Ontario,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

Letter to Premier Ford and Ministers McNaughton and Smith re: Windsor Salt strike

TO: The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario; The Honourable Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development of Ontario; The Honourable Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Dear Premier Ford and Ministers McNaughton and Smith,