Molson, workers settle dispute

Protesting union members leave Ontario plant

Dec 14, 1999 - A three-week occupation of a Molson Inc. brewery in Barrie, Ontario, ended Sunday after the 300 unionized workers approved a tentative agreement, company and union officials said.


Molson spokesman John Paul Macdonald said production was expected to fully restart in about two weeks.

Canadian Auto Workers union spokesman Hemi Mitic said an agreement offered preferred hiring for 70 Barrie employees at an another Molson plant in Hamilton, Ontario, as well as a lower retirement age and better severance package.

The occupation and a boycott of Molson products were launched Nov. 21 after Molson announced the closure of the Barrie plant. Nearly 30 brewery workers took over the plant and others protested outside.

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