CAW "shocked" by Cision proposal

As reported on this blog, Cision Canada is facing a labor contract dispute, and 25 workers in the company's Ottawa office went on strike May 5....

As reported on this blog, Cision Canada is facing a labor contract dispute, and 25 workers in the company's Ottawa office went on strike May 5. On June 8, about 70 Cision Canada employees from Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City gathered in Montreal for a demonstration on the issue in front of Cision's Montreal office.

According to Harry Ghabban, eastern Ontario director for the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), which represents the 25 striking workers in Ottawa, employees in that office were presented with a list of demands that would amount to "significant concessions from the employees."

Cision once again stated that it can't go into specifics about negotiations.

Employees in Quebec City and Montreal are represented by another union and are also in the midst of contract negotiations, but are not on strike. However, Ghabban said there has to be a show of solidarity.

"It isn't about money as in wages," said Ghabban. "We told them we understood that it's tough economic times, and we are willing to take a wage freeze and [make other concessions]. We're completely shocked at the way they came after us in this round of bargaining."

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