Strike looms at Clean Harbours

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Workers at Clean Harbours on Petrolia Line could soon be walking the picket line.

The 77 members of Local 9-14 of Unifor have voted in favour a strike after turning down a contract from the company last week.

Unifor Local 9-14 Representative Glen Sonier says the workers, who do everything from operate the heavy equipment at the hazardous waste landfill to lab work to general maintenance could be off the job as early midnight Nov. 4.

The workers, who went on strike two years ago, have similar concerns, says Sonier.

“One of the issues we’re looking at is benefits. We had them in the collective agreement and then Clean Harbours went to a company plan and it has been costly (for the workers).”

The union is also opposing the company’s push for “American-style” drug and alcohol policies. “That would be random and pre-employment testing…but in Canada it is illegal,” says Sonier.

Sonier says the union is open to more talk although at press time there were none scheduled.

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