Canadian Labor Dispute Dogs Carnival CEO at Shareholders' Meeting, says USW

 Canadian Labor Dispute Dogs Carnival CEO at Shareholders' Meeting, says USW

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 17, 2014

NEW YORK, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carnival Corporation's
annual shareholders meeting today was overshadowed by concerns over CEO Arnold
Donald's role in a Canadian labor dispute.

United Steelworkers

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 while
inside the hotel their labor dispute was discussed by Carnival executives and
shareholders.

Shareholders questioned Donald's role in the Crown Holdings strike, 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 a
boycott of Carnival cruises that has been endorsed by seniors and labor 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 labor dispute.

"Mr. Donald said he and other Crown Holdings directors are not fully aware of
all the issues in the labor 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 dispute and their responsibility to foster a fair
settlement."

For further information:
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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SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

Website: http://www.usw.org
 
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