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Steelworkers claim Hamilton MP swore at union reps, demand apology

Two local steelworkers unions are demanding a public apology from Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MP Bob Bratina after they claim union reps were ejected from his office in Ottawa on Tuesday following an expletive-laden tirade.
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Two local steelworkers unions are demanding a public apology from Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MP Bob Bratina after they claim union reps were ejected from his office in Ottawa on Tuesday following an expletive-laden tirade.

Steelworkers Local 1005 president Gary Howe alleges that when union officials challenged Bratina on “his promise to advocate on behalf of Hamilton steelworkers to get the laws changed, he lost his temper.”

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Howe told CHML that Bratina said he was tired of the “(expletive) steelworkers” and told them to get out of his “(expletive) office” before slamming the door on them.

Local steelworkers were in Ottawa as part of an effort sponsored by the Canadian Labour Congress to lobby members of Parliament to change bankruptcy and insolvency laws as well institute a universal pharmacare program.

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Tony Ciaramella, president of Local 5328, which represents employees of ArcelorMittal Hamilton East, says Bratina’s reaction was “completely irrational” and added that he’s “deeply insulted.”

CHML has reached out to Bratina for comment on the allegations but has not received a response.