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Op-Ed: Race to the bottom? No, a forced march, double-time to the bottom Special

London - If you think the closure Friday of the decades old Electro-Motive locomotive plant in London, Ontario is not your concern, you are either wrong or rich.

Progress Rail closing London locomotive plant

London - “It is regrettable that it has become necessary to close production operations at the London facility,” Electro-Motive Canada said in a prepared statement Friday.

Mayor of London: 'Get your ass down here, Prime Minister Harper!' Special

London - "Get your ass down here, Prime Minister Harper!" bellowed Joe Fontana, mayor of London. In 2008 Harper visited the city's EMD plant, announcing corporate tax cuts to increase job security for Canadians. Now, EMD workers are locked out by their U.S. owner.

OFL calls for a massive rally supporting locked-out workers

London - The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is asking workers throughout the province to gather in London, Ontario, Saturday, January 21 for a massive rally supporting the unionized workers locked out by Electro-Motive Canada.

Electro-Motive lockout in Ontario continues Special

London - Ross Seeley has worked at Electro-Motive Diesel in London, Ontario for almost three decades under three separate owners: General Motors, Greenbriar Equity Group, et al., and Progress Rail, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. He was to retire in a few months.

Electro-Motive lockout: Morning quiet as battle lines drawn Special

London - Daybreak brought the sun, a little warmth and a van carrying outside contractors to the men and women picketing in front of the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London, Ontario.

Op-Ed: No happy new year for locked-out workers at Ontario company Special

London - The lockout at the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London, Ontario comes as no surprise. Contract talks seemed to be off the rails way back in May when both the union and company agreed to a six month extension of the contract.

Electro-Motive Workers Locked Out

London - The workers at the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London, Ontario have been locked out. Earlier in the day the company claimed that the CAW represented employees were refusing to report for their first scheduled work shift and were therefore on strike.

Electro-Motive workers give union a strike mandate Special

London - With a vote of 404 to nine, Electro-Motive workers gave their union a solid strike mandate should the company attempt unilateral changes to the existing terms of employment.

Ontario company demands wage cuts greater than 50 percent Special

London - The fence is up and the question now being asked is: "What next?" Despite the Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) plant having a long history in London, Ontario, there are fears in this Southwestern Ontario community of losing the large, successful plant.
 

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Mary has learned an education does not guarantee a job.
Mary has learned an education does not guarantee a job.
Workers say they have been getting a lot of support from the community. One picketer said he couldn ...
Workers say they have been getting a lot of support from the community. One picketer said he couldn't drink another coffee if he tried.
Special  high-priced  security guards with cameras record images of all who get too close to the Ele...
Special, high-priced, security guards with cameras record images of all who get too close to the Electro-Motive plant grounds.
UE local 506 President Roger Zaczyk represents workers at the GE locomotive plant in Erie  Penn.  ye...
UE local 506 President Roger Zaczyk represents workers at the GE locomotive plant in Erie, Penn., yet he was in London defending good jobs for all.
With the van safely in the compound  security guards padlock the entrance to the EMD grounds.
With the van safely in the compound, security guards padlock the entrance to the EMD grounds.
The Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London  Ontario is closed for the holidays.
The Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London, Ontario is closed for the holidays.
The lock out at Electro-Motive in London  Ontario is going into its second week with negotiations st...
The lock out at Electro-Motive in London, Ontario is going into its second week with negotiations still at an impasse.
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A fence restricts entry to the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London  Ontario
A fence restricts entry to the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London, Ontario
Electro-motive in London  Ontario locked out its unionized employees who were returning to work afte...
Electro-motive in London, Ontario locked out its unionized employees who were returning to work after the holiday shut-down.
Mike Temmerman  of London  hands out Ontario Federation of Labour scarves to supports of the locked ...
Mike Temmerman, of London, hands out Ontario Federation of Labour scarves to supports of the locked out EMD workers as the supporters arrive at the downtown London rally Saturday morning.
A former Westinghouse plant in Muncie  Indiana  being converted to locomotive production by Progress...
A former Westinghouse plant in Muncie, Indiana, being converted to locomotive production by Progress Rail. Credit: Indiana Railroads Bull Session.
Indiana Railroads Bull Session
A security guard accompanies a van transporting powerhouse workers across the picket line set up by ...
A security guard accompanies a van transporting powerhouse workers across the picket line set up by locked out workers at the EMD in London, Ontario.
The Electro-Motive Diesel plant is down for the holidays. Will it re-open on schedule?
The Electro-Motive Diesel plant is down for the holidays. Will it re-open on schedule?
Many question how long the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London  Ontario will remain in Canada.
Many question how long the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London, Ontario will remain in Canada.
Early in the morning on the first day of the lock out a van approached the picket line. It carried c...
Early in the morning on the first day of the lock out a van approached the picket line. It carried contract workers for the EMD powerhouse, but the driver refused to talk. He refused to divulge why he was there. The van was held up for hours. Police refused to intervene when the driver could not produce the proper documentation.