Johnson Controls employees on strike
Unionized employees at Johnson Controls in Tillsonburg went out on strike beginning at 11 p.m. Sunday evening, reported those on a picket line outside this plant Monday morning. Johnson Controls employees left picket duty for a meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, leaving the line in the hands of union compatriots from CAMI and Autoneuem on a temporary basis. Jeff Tribe/Tillsonburg News
Employees did not want to be out on strike, emphasized one picket-carrying member of Local 1859.
“Oh, heavens no,” they stated Monday at around 9:30 a.m. “They drew the line in the sand, we just can’t accept it anymore.”
Johnson Controls was contacted by telephone Monday morning, but no company official was available for comment.
The economy was ‘poor’ during the previous contract negotiation process, said the employee, and the membership took some ‘hits’.
“And we understood that.”
But with an improved economy, and according to the employee, better profits and sales, “we don’t understand why they are crying poor.”
The membership takes pride in working hard to produce quality products, said the employee.
“We just want a piece of the blood, sweat and tears we put into the product.”
Unionized compatriots from CAMI and Autoneum arrived to take over on the picket line Monday morning as Johnson Controls employees had a scheduled 10 a.m. meeting regarding a new offer, one the employee hoped would resolve the dispute.
“We’ll find out shortly,” they concluded.