Just back from the EMD line

While the sun lifted spirits in the nearly two-week old lockout at Electro Motive Diesel on Oxford St., the picket line is a sad place.

It’s too bad that it’s come to this in the dispute between Caterpillar and its 400 unionized workers, who were asked to take 50% less pay.

Support for the workers Tuesday came from Chrysler employees who travelled from Windsor and another worker from Oshawa. Coun. Sandy White was there and union employees from the TVDSB and CAS as well as former CEP members.

Horns honked incessantly on busy Oxford St. as drivers showed support.

“I think it’s critical people come out on the line and fight for collective bargaining everywhere,” said CAS employee Lynda Murray, a member of OPSEU Local 116.

Walter Nowobranek Jr., who worked at the former GM Diesel (and his father did too), and is now retired, has been on the line several times.

“We were all respected people,” Nowobranek recalled of his days at the plant. He said it is a shame the way the workers are being treated now.

A hockey net was on site and a few workers took shots at the net. Other picketers cut wood.

Donations of food were dropped off throughout the lunch hour.

Nowobranek said the Sisters of St. Joseph dropped off soup over the weekend.

The employees walk the picket line in six hour shifts and are prepared for a long battle.

Here are some photos from Tuesday.

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