Strikes & Boycotts

Help During a Strike or Lockout

If you anticipate being involved in a strike or lockout, or you may be laid off, check this out — it's information that will help you cope with the financial and other stresses of your situation.

Current Strikes/Lockouts

150 members of UCTE Local 50600 of the Public Service Alliance of Canada have been on strike since July 24. They are standing up to their employer, the Winnipeg Airport Authority, who has been actively trying to contract out their jobs.

115 members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4297 employed by PTI Inc. in Winnipeg have been locked out of work since August 24, before the union even had the opportunity to vote on a company contract offer.

MFL/CLC Endorsed Boycotts

Blue Man Group Show in Toronto

On behalf of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada. Source: Ontario Federation of Labour.

Brazilian wood products

Cause: Rain forest destruction. Source: Saskatchewan Federation of Labour.

Canada Post franchise outlets (non-union)
Coca-Cola Products

The company closed the plant and moved from Newfoundland. Source: Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour.

Essex Kent Mushroom, Essex Continental Dist. Inc., or Unionville Farms

In support of Rol-Land Farms Inc. in Kingsville, Ontario who have chosen UFCW to represent them, however, the owner continues to refuse to recognize the union as the bargaining agent.

Labatt Import Beers

In support of a strike by NAPE (Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees). See a list of boycotted products here.

Molson Amphitheatre at Ontario Place

On behalf of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada. Source: Ontario Federation of Labour.

Paramount Canada's Wonderland

On behalf of IATSE, Local 58 in Toronto. Source: Ontario Federation of Labour

Philips Electronics

Products Support for 125 members of United Steelworkers, Local 7812 in Saint-Jerome (Quebec) who have been employed at Philips for a number of years. The company has transferred its production to Brazil.

Privately owned wine stores in Manitoba

In support of the MGEU over privatization of Manitoba's liquor distribution system, the loss of unionized jobs, the loss of government revenue that funds vital services and the loss of regulatory control over an addictive substance.

Privately-owned wine boutiques & non-unionized beer outlets

Cause: Opening of non-union shops. Source: Alberta Federation of Labour

Sklar Peppler -- Alan White Branded Furniture, and its Manufacturer, AW Manufacturing

In support of approximately 100 USW members. After moving to Ajax from Whitby, Ontario in 2006, Sklar Peppler went into bankruptcy in August of 2008. The President of Sklar Peppler bought the company's assets out of bankruptcy in late 2008, and proceeded to close the facility. He then bought AW Manufacturing Inc., another furniture manufacturer in Mississippi, USA, and now uses product from that plant to sell to Sklar's customers. The hard‑working Steelworkers that were employed by Sklar Peppler in Canada not only lost their jobs, they lost their severance pay in the bankruptcy proceedings.

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