Victory!

The United Steelworkers (USW) and its global allies are hailing the end of Rio Tinto’s six-month lockout of aluminum smelter workers in Alma, Quebec, as a great victory for the workers and their supporters around the world.

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“Our members and their families suffered for six long months but never wavered. It began in the small town of Alma, but it became a defining labour struggle in Quebec, Canada, and around the world. Our members are walking back into the plant as heroes.” -- Marc Maltais, President, USW Local 9490

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Thank you! (8/2/2012) - A victory like the one at Rio Tinto in Alma, Quebec could not have been achieved without the support and solidarity of allies and partners around the world.  The USW is sending out a heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to the campaign.  Read the text of the thank you letter here: The six month lockout of our members ...
Rio Tinto voted worst company linked to Olympics (7/23/2012) - IndustriALL Global Union | 23.07.2012 | Rio Tinto was awarded the gold medal on Friday 20 July in London, after being voted the worst company linked to the London Olympics. IndustriALL Global Union joined thousands of activists around the world to vote for Rio Tinto as the worst company linked to the London Olympics in the Greenwash awards, as the ...
Police arrested actors for spilling custard, say Olympic protesters (7/20/2012) - The Guardian | SANDRA LAVILLE, CRIME CORRESPONDENT  Former Games commissioner says 25 officers took performers away in handcuffs at demonstration against sponsorship The former London 2012 ethics tsar Meredith Alexander has accused police of an Olympic-sized overreaction, saying they broke up a theatre performance designed to highlight the problems of corporate sponsorship of the Games and arrested six people on ...
Resilience and solidarity in labours summer victory against Rio Tinto (7/11/2012) - Rabble.ca | FRED WILSON In the heat of an Eastern Canadian summer there is a blast of fresh air for the trade union movement with the decisive win by the United Steelworkers in the six month lockout at the hands of global mining giant Rio Tinto in Alma Quebec. Last week the 780 USW members at the Rio Tinto aluminum ...
Unions claim victory over London 2012 medal makers who wanted to reduce employee rights (7/9/2012) - Left Foot Forward | Published By Tony Burke  The long running lock-out of members of the United Steelworkers union in Canada by Rio Tinto has been settled, with the union claiming victory based on global union solidarity. The International president of the Steelworkers Leo Gerard hailed the settlement by saying: “We faced the third-largest mining company in the world and ...
Steelworkers, Global Solidarity Put End to Rio Tinto’s Six-Month Lockout in Quebec (7/6/2012) - TORONTO – The United Steelworkers (USW) and its global allies are hailing the end of Rio Tinto’s six-month lockout of aluminum smelter workers in Alma, Quebec, as a great victory for the workers and their supporters around the world. A collective agreement that will run to the end of 2015 was ratified Thursday by USW Local 9490 members by a ...
Alma Steelworkers Meet Thursday to Review Tentative Agreement With Rio Tinto Alcan (7/3/2012) - ALMA, QC – Three membership meetings are scheduled for Thursday, July 5, in Alma to allow 780 locked-out smelter workers to review a tentative agreement negotiated Sunday by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9490 and Rio Tinto Alcan. The schedule for Thursday’s three union membership meetings is as follows: - 8:00 a.m., for members of the Local 9490 bargaining unit representing ...
Steelworkers Reach Tentative Agreement With Rio Tinto in Alma, QC (7/2/2012) - ALMA, QC The United Steelworkers (USW) negotiated a tentative agreement Sunday with Rio Tinto Alcan management in Alma, where aluminum smelter workers have been locked out for six months. The 780 locked-out workers, members of Steelworkers Local 9490, will review the tentative agreement and hold a ratification vote at a meeting later this week in Alma. Union representatives will ...
Steelworkers to U.S. Olympic Committee: Help Get Rio Tinto Off the Podium (6/28/2012) - 28 June 2012  |  Media release  Colorado Springs, CO American and Canadian Steelworkers are lobbying the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to join an international campaign to oust Rio Tinto as an Olympic supplier. United Steelworkers (USW) members from the U.S. and Canada came to Colorado Springs this week to meet USOC representatives as part of the international Off ...
IndustriALL targets mining giant Rio Tinto (6/26/2012) - IndustriALL Global Union | 26.06.12  One week after its creation, IndustriALL Global Union announced its intention to shine a light on Rio Tinto’s unethical behavior around the world, starting with the release of a report on the company’s operations in Africa. Speaking to journalists at the Foreign Press Association in London today, 26 June 2012, the newly elected General Secretary ...

Rio Tinto’s lockout is an attack on working families and communities. We choose to fight to protect good jobs for future generations!