WHITBY, ON, Oct. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The CAW is on strike at Lear Whitby as
of midnight tonight, after negotiations broke down late at night
between the two sides over demands for deep concessions.
Picket lines have been set up at the facility, located at 2001 Forbes
St. in Whitby.
CAW Local 222, representing the 400 Lear Whitby workers, took a strike
vote last week, receiving a strike mandate of 97 per cent, to exercise
The strike comes on the heels of another strike at auto parts company
Wescast, in Strathroy Ontario which began Saturday morning. The strike
at Wescast is the result of a sourcing decision by General Motors which
would see the current work performed at the facility go to China, as
opposed to staying in Canada.
Negotiations began in early August, but were suspended on account of the
contract talks with the Detroit Three. Talks between the CAW and Lear
Whitby resumed earlier this month.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
please contact CAW Assistant to the President Jerry Dias (cell) 416-315-1576; CAW Local 222 President Chris Buckley (cell) 905-449-3112; or CAW National Representative Jim Mitchell (cell) 905-441-4546