ADVISORY: Solidarity Event for Workers Seeking Fairness at Rexplas – United Steelworkers

TORONTO–()–Labour union leaders and local politicians will be joining the picket line at Rexplas on Monday, to show support for the workers who deserve more than zero in their next contract.

WHO: Labour leaders and local politicians

WHAT: Solidarity Event Supporting USW Local 8300 members on strike against Rexplas

WHEN: Monday, May 3, 2021, 7:00 a.m.

WHERE: 500 Barmac Drive, North York (north of Finch, off Weston Road)

The 35 members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 8300 – a group that is predominantly racialized women – have been on strike against Rexplas since April 26.

Speakers at the solidarity event include:

Marty Warren, USW Ontario Director (District 6)

Faisal Hassan, MPP, York South–Weston

John Cartwright, President, Toronto and York Region Labour Council

After steadfastly working through the pandemic at a profitable bottle-packaging company, workers at Rexplas in Toronto rejected the company’s final offer on April 23, 2021, that opened with 0%.

The workers do quality control, packaging and shipping, and have worked for the company for as long as 35 years.

Rexplas’s parent company, Richard’s Packaging, has profited from the pandemic, reporting a 21% revenue increase directly related to business associated with COVID-19.

“These workers have been dedicated throughout the pandemic. Unlike workers elsewhere, they never received any pandemic premium pay. They deserve better than zero,” said Warren.

Please wear a mask. All attendees will be keeping a safe social distance and observing pandemic public health measures.