BRAMPTON, ONTARIO — Accura Molding Co. Ltd. workers have voted to join the United Steelworkers, the union announced Feb. 4.
Workers voted 84-45 in favor of unionization, according to Brando Paris, USW organizer in Toronto. He said Accura workers' wages average about C$8.50-$9 (US$5.91-US$6.26) an hour, but range as high as C$11 (US$7.65) an hour. USW officials soon will meet with Accura management, but Paris would not predict what wage rates the union will seek.
``We have to find out how strong the company is,'' Paris said.
Accura, based in Brampton, has a diverse customer base, but most of its work is in housewares, said Mark Brabant, co-owner. One of its clients is Brita Canada Ltd. of Brampton, for which it molds and assembles residential water filters. Brabant and Accura President John Hofing founded the firm in 1988. Brabant estimated annual sales at about C$11 million to C$12 million (US$7.6 million to US$8.3 million).
Accura workers voted for USW certification last summer but lost certification in December when the company moved from Mississauga, Ontario, to its current location in Brampton. Brabant said the firm moved because it outgrew its previous location. It had two 35,000-square-foot facilities, one for molding and the other for distribution. It now operates in a 100,000-square-foot plant.
Brabant said he has concerns about how customers might perceive the unionization program.
``There is a stigma that unions are expensive,'' he noted. ``Customers also might be concerned about the possibility of a strike.''