Locked out employees at Guelph’s Hematite Manufacturing Plant on Speedvale Ave. have once again voted down the company’s latest contract offer.
This morning’s vote was on the same contract as the one rejected by workers last weekend, which led to the company locking out their 62-unionized employees. Today’s vote came in at 42-to-18 against the deal, compared to a much closer first vote of 25-to-24, five days ago.
The union says the last contract involved concessions and job losses at the plant.
The latest negotiations included lower wages, reduced vacation pay and the transferring of the cost of benefits onto the workers.
The company says these steps are required to remain competitive.
Hematite makes plastic automotive parts at plants from industrial waste and recycled materials.