USW Members and their Allies to Rally at Compass Minerals Shareholder Meeting
Company's Illegal Practices Hurting Business
PITTSBURGH, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Steelworkers (USW) members will rally at the Compass Minerals shareholder meeting in front of the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park, Kan., on Wednesday, May 9, 8:15 a.m. to object to the company's violation of the National Labor Relations Act and treatment of its employees.
The USW represents about 100 workers at a salt mine in Cote Blanche, La., which is owned by Compass Minerals's subsidiary, North American Salt. In 2010 North American Salt illegally implemented new employment terms without its workers' approval. After a brief strike the USW filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). An administrative law judge for the NLRB ruled that North American Salt acted illegally.
The USW and other unions from the U.S., Canada and the U.K. that represent workers at Compass Minerals all agree that the company has shown an increasing disrespect for its employees, resulting in polarized labor relations and unnecessary threats to labor peace.
The case of Derrick Forestier is one example. A military veteran who earned the bronze star, Forestier was fired by North American Salt for going to a mandatory Veterans Administration appointment, even though he told the company in advance of his hiring that he was required to attend such appointments.
After the demonstration, a union delegation will attend the meeting to tell shareholders that Compass Minerals's illegal practices and treatment of its employees hurts business, especially since many of its customers are government entities.
What: Rally outside of Compass Minerals shareholder meeting
When: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 starting at 8:15 a.m. sharp
Where: Doubletree Hotel Overland Park--Corporate Woods, 10100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS
Contact: Lynne Hancock, USW, 615-828-6169, firstname.lastname@example.org
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