PRESS RELEASE: AUGUST 27, 2010

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Canada Malting workers strike in Calgary

Employees at Calgary's Canada Malting plant have gone on strike.
Sixty-nine members of United Food and Commercial Workers local 1118, who work in the plant and lab, walked off the job Tuesday morning, union secretary-treasurer Peter Frost said, after 80 per cent last week rejected the company's latest contract offer. The main issue is the company's proposal to move 20 per cent of employees into a defined contribution pension plan rather than a defined benefit plan, Frost said.
Canada Malting spokesman Jay Hamacheck said Wednesday the company is in the process of shutting down the plant.
The two sides don't have further talks scheduled.

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