by US correspondent Roger Renstrom
The strike against Finning's Canadian division is continuing (Forkliftaction.com News #232
Local Lodge 99 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) began the strike on October 20 and rejected Finning's latest offer on November 10.
The labour action involves 1,070 hourly workers in the Alberta and Northwest Territories provinces.
Jason Rockwell, organiser and communications director for the local lodge, said Finning issued the same offer as it had on August 25. He said 92 per cent of voting members turned down the proposal. "Contracting out is a major issue."
Finning implemented a strike contingency plan to continue equipment sales and rental and parts distribution but has restricted shop and field services during the labour action.
"Despite the Canadian labour situation and the materials handling challenges, we are optimistic," said Douglas Whitehead, Finning International Inc president and CEO.