Crown Holdings, the U.S.-based aluminum can giant, has forced its 120 Toronto workers out on strike since September 2013 by demanding massive concessions. Since then, Crown has refused to negotiate a fair settlement, closed its Montréal plant and bused in scabs to break the union in Toronto.
Crown Holdings is a major multinational that has no reason to be demanding concessions. The company made $557 million in 2012 and its CEO John W. Conway makes $13 million per year. Bank of America recently rated Crown Holdings as a stock to buy as its value is near record highs.
To put pressure on the company to settle the strike with a fair deal the union has utilized a number of pressure tactics on both Crown Holdings and individuals on its board of directors such as Carnival cruises CEO Arnold Donald. USW has called for a general boycott of canned beer as well as a Carnival cruises.
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