Workers at ACAN Windows on strike

Staff ~ The Telegram editor@thetelegram.com
Published on May 21, 2009
Workers at ACAN Windows Inc. in Paradise took to the picket lines this morning. Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Workers at ACAN Windows Inc. are on the picket line this morning after turning away an offer from the company with 100 per cent of voters rejecting it.
About 125 workers, who make the windows and doors at the Paradise facility, say the company isn't offering enough money or benefits such as RRSPs, insurance or sick leave.
The workers say their anger was stoked this morning when a bus with blackened windows - believed to contain replacement workers - tried to cross the picket line.
It was turned away without any major incidents, according to an RNC officer.
Greg Pretty, a representative with the Fish, Food and Allied Workers' union which represents the employees, said the workers are prepared to stay on the line until an acceptable contract is reached.
He said the workers have been in a legal strike position since Friday and have been trying to get a collective agreement since November.
"The company is toeing a very tough line with the workers," he said.
Calls to ACAN Windows have not been answered.