CAW Auto Parts Leadership Vote in Support of the Negotiated CAW/Magna Framework of Fairness Agreement



    ST. THOMAS, ON, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - CAW shop floor leadership from
independent automotive parts plants across Ontario voted overwhelmingly today
in support of the Framework of Fairness Agreement between the union and parts
maker Magna.
    After a detailed presentation this morning at CAW Local 1520 hall
followed by a lively debate with speaker after speaker coming to the
microphones, more than 300 of approximately 325 elected in-plant shop floor
leadership at the meeting voted in support of welcoming all Magna workers into
CAW under the FFA.
    CAW President Buzz Hargrove said the Framework of Fairness agreement with
Magna provides the opportunity for Magna workers at all locations to join the
CAW at a critical time for auto assembly, auto parts and other manufacturing
sector workers.
    "This is about the future of thousands of unorganized parts workers at
Magna having an opportunity to vote for a union without interference from
management," Hargrove said.
    With the federal government refusing to deal with unfair trade as well as
the unprecedented high value Canadian dollar, the auto parts, auto assembly
and the entire manufacturing sector in Canada continues to lose thousands of
jobs. Auto imports from Japan, Korea and the European community continue to
grab market share away from North American auto makers at a time when North
American manufacturers are barred from selling into those markets.
    Earlier this month more than 250 workers at Windsor Modules, a division
of Magna, voted by 87 percent to join the CAW under the Framework of Fairness
Agreement, as well as approving their first CAW negotiated collective
agreement. The Windsor Module plant is the first of more than 40 plants in the
Magna system to vote to join the union under the Framework of Fairness
Agreement.





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For further information: John McClyment, CAW Communications at (416)
315-3202

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