CS Wind Employees Join Iron Workers Union

Wednesday June 3rd, 2015

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Employees at CS Wind Canada have joined a union.

All employes at the Windsor plant except for the managerial and human resources personnel, office and clerical staff, sales staff, foreman and persons above the rank of foremen, are now members of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron-workers, Local 721.

CS Wind Canada’s newly appointed Director of Corporate Affairs Jeff Heath says, “The process has been fair and equitable, and we welcome a harmonious working relationship with the Ironworkers, Local 721. This is a positive for the employees of CS Wind Canada. It provides a greater sense of security and insures fairness for all. Collective bargaining is as much a positive for the employer as it is for the employee because it clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of the worker and the employer. I have been involved in collective bargaining for over 25 years and find many positives to the process. Management fully intends to abide by the ruling of the Ontario Labour Relations Board .”

Since the plant opened in 2011 CS Wind has produced over 1,000 wind towers, primarily for Ontario and export to the USA. CS Wind Canada Inc. currently has 482 employees, serving as a manufacturing facility spanning 48 acres on Anchor Drive.

“We look forward to positive relations with the Ironworkers, 721. New to Canada in 2011, CS Wind had some ‘growing pains’ because of the cultural differences. With an increasing number of Canadians joining the management team, this has shifted and we look to groups such as the Ontario Labour Relations Board to help steer us in new directions.”

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