The Lockout

Close to midnight on December 30, 2011, after many hours of contract negotiation, Rio Tinto Alcan illegally locked out the workers at its smelter in Alma, Que., 24 hours before it had the legal right to do so.

The Issues

Preserving good jobs for the future

Workers at Rio Tinto Alcan’s (RTA) aluminum smelter in Alma, Que., are not demanding higher wages or enhanced benefits. Their primary concern is protecting jobs for future generations. Rio Tinto wants to use more subcontractors to replace the good jobs of unionized workers as they retire.

Photo Galleries

The Lockout on Flickr

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

Section locale 9490 du Syndicat des Métallos
Président : Marc Maltais
Staff Rep.: Dominic Lemieux
Alma, Quebec
Tel. : 418-662-7055

Canadian National Office
Strategic Campaigns: Joe Drexler
Toronto, Ont.
Tel.: 416-544-6009

Media Contacts

Jocelyn Desjardins
Syndicat des Métallos/USW
Montreal, Que.
Tel. : 514 604-6273

Bob Gallagher

Syndicat des Métallos/USW
Toronto, Ont.
Tel.: 416-544-5966
EMail: – United Steel Workers Canada

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