WHITBY, ON, Nov. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - CAW members at Lear Seating in Whitby
have ratified a new collective agreement by 78 per cent at a meeting
Production workers approved the contract by 77 per cent, while skilled
trades workers approved it by 100 per cent.
The deal was reached on October 29, after a two day long strike.
The union was successful in resisting some $20 million in concessions
tabled by Lear and made gains in time off the job, retirement
incentives, lump sum payments and skilled trades improvements.
The contract contains slight changes to work practices, with the goal of
positioning the facility for future investment. The CAW also obtained a
commitment in writing from Lear that should it be successful in
acquiring seat contracts for any of GM's future models, the seats will
be built in the Whitby facility.
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 in early October.
CAW Local 222 represents 400 workers at Lear Whitby.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
For more 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