MILTON, ON, Nov. 11, 2011 /CNW/ - CAW Local 112 members at Northstar
Aerospace have today ratified a new three-year collective agreement by
a margin of 75 percent, marking the end of a 30-day strike at the
company's Market Drive facility in Milton, Ontario.
CAW Local 112 President Roland Kiehne said the new deal is a victory for
the 135 members employed at the manufacturing facility. The union
successfully maintained the workers' cost-of-living allowance (COLA)
and bargained new job security language, two main sticking points
during the month-long dispute.
"Right from the onset of contract talks our members resolved to protect
their COLA and win new job security, in the face of aggressive company
concession demands," Kiehne said. "Today, we can proudly say that our
members wishes have been signed, sealed and delivered."
In addition to retaining quarterly cost-of-living adjustments the union
bargained groundbreaking language that commits Northstar to maintain a
"stable workforce" at the Milton facility, that otherwise might be
impacted by the subcontracting or transferring out of work.
CAW Aerospace Director Dawn Cartwright said that commitment ensures a
stable flow of product into the facility for the duration of
Northstar's lucrative contract with Boeing to produce parts for the
Apache Block-3 helicopter.
"This job security provision is unlike any we've negotiated before at
Northstar," Cartwright said. "It offers a sense of stability and
certainty for these members in an otherwise unstable economy."
The recent strike was the longest in the facility's 18-year history, but
the end result justified the means, according to CAW Northstar Plant
Chairperson Graham Davies.
"Despite the huge financial and emotional toll this strike took on our
members and their families, we can proudly say we never wavered on our
fundamental demands," Davies said.
"Our members have seen, first hand, that fighting back does make a
Northstar Aerospace produces helicopter gears and transmissions as well
as other fabricated parts. The new contract is set to expiry on Sept
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
Roland Kiehne, CAW Local 112 President (416) 801-1120 or Dawn Cartwright, CAW Aerospace Director (416) 917-7220