Canadian Labour Dispute Dogs Carnival CEO at Shareholders' Meeting

Canadian Labour Dispute Dogs Carnival CEO at Shareholders' Meeting 
NEW YORK, April 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Carnival Corporation's annual shareholders 
meeting today was overshadowed by concerns over CEO Arnold Donald's role in a 
Canadian labour dispute. 
Confronted with repeated questions from shareholders, Donald was forced to 
address his role in an eight-month strike at the Toronto factory of 
manufacturing giant Crown Holdings. 
Donald is a key member of the board of directors at Crown Holdings, one of the 
world's largest producers of beer cans and other beverage and food containers. 
Crown Holdings provoked a strike at its Toronto factory last September by 
demanding huge concessions to employees' wages, pensions and benefits. Crown 
has prolonged the strike for eight months with demands such as a two-tier job 
structure that would permanently relegate young workers to low-wage survival 
jobs. 
In its last offer which was voted down almost unanimously, Crown offered few 
assurances that workers could return to their jobs after agreeing to end the 
strike. 
"Rather than trying to come to a reasonable compromise, Crown decided to throw 
gasoline on the fire it started," said Lawrence Hay of the United Steelworkers 
(USW), which represents the Toronto employees. 
As a key director of Crown Holdings, Arnold Donald cannot deny his role and 
responsibility in the company's attack on workers' livelihoods, Carnival 
Corporation shareholders heard during today's annual meeting. 
Dozens of Toronto strikers demonstrated outside the Four Seasons Hotel as 
their labour dispute was discussed inside by Carnival executives and 
shareholders. 
Shareholders questioned Donald's role in the Crown Holdings strike in Canada, 
despite an attempt by Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison to shut down 
the questions. 
Shareholders noted that Donald's role in the Canadian strike has led to calls 
for a boycott of Carnival cruises that have been endorsed by seniors and 
labour groups representing 1.5 million members in Canada. 
A Carnival shareholder suggested Donald should reconsider his position as a 
director of Crown Holdings, arguing it has become a "distraction." While 
acknowledging the distraction, Donald indicated he intends to retain his 
position on the Crown Holdings board. 
After fielding repeated questions, Donald offered to meet with the Canadian 
workers following the Carnival shareholders' meeting. USW members accepted and 
urged Donald to use his influence to bring about a negotiated settlement of 
the labour dispute. 
"Mr. Donald said he and other Crown Holdings directors are not fully aware of 
all the issues in the labour dispute at Crown's Toronto operations, so we are 
ensuring he is well-informed," said Hay. 
"Mr. Donald has pledged to bring our concerns to the attention of Crown 
executives," he said. "Crown's executives and directors must accept their role 
in this unnecessary labour dispute and their responsibility to foster a fair 
settlement."
 

SOURCE  United Steelworkers (USW) 
Lawrence Hay, USW Staff Representative, 416-807-8792, lhay@usw.ca; Carolyn 
Egan, Steelworkers Toronto Area Council, 416-806-7985; Joe Drexler, USW 
Strategic Campaigns, 416-544-6009, 416-434-7907, jdrexler@usw.ca; Bob 
Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, bgallagher@usw.ca 
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ST: New York
NI: LABOR  
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