TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ - CAW members working at General Motors in Oshawa,
Windsor, St. Catharines and Woodstock, Ontario have voted overwhelmingly in
favour of a new collective agreement, ratifying the deal by 86 per cent after
a series of meetings were held over the past two days.
CAW President Ken Lewenza said this new deal should provide a much-needed
sense of security to the thousands of active members and tens of thousands of
retirees at General Motors in Canada.
"This has been a grueling restructuring process, and no one has felt that
more than our members and retirees," Lewenza said. "Although we were forced to
make a number of important sacrifices, the support we received from our
members is proof that they recognize the incredible challenges the industry is
facing, but more importantly that they are prepared to stand by each other and
stand with their union."
Lewenza credited the solidarity and activism of CAW members who held
demonstrations across the province in recent weeks as having played a critical
role in pushing the restructuring talks forward.
The deal includes cost-saving provisions affecting cash compensation,
health benefits, other non-wage benefits, work practices and productivity
improvements as well as a comprehensive restructuring of the company's pension
CAW Local 222 President and CAW-GM Master Bargaining Committee
Chairperson Chris Buckley said the restructuring deal will help secure the
company's financial footing in Canada and protect thousands of Canadian jobs
in the face of a possible bankruptcy protection filing.
"This deal has provided us the path on which we can move forward, to
ensure not only our members but all workers impacted by the auto industry feel
a bit more secure at a time of tremendous economic uncertainty," Buckley said.
The ratification results for each location are as follows:
CAW Local 636, Woodstock
Production: 87 per cent in favour
Skilled Trades: 75 per cent in favour
Combined total: 86.5 per cent in favour
CAW Local 1973, Windsor
Production: 97.2 per cent in favour
Skilled Trades: 96.2 per cent in favour
Combined total: 97 per cent in favour
CAW Local 199, St. Catharines
Production: 86.5 per cent in favour
Skilled Trades: 87 per cent in favour
Combined total: 86.7 per cent in favour
CAW Local 222, Oshawa
Production: 85 per cent in favour
Skilled Trades: 73 per cent in favour
Combined total: 82 per cent in favour
Overall combined total: 86 per cent in favour
For further information:
For further information: CAW Communications: Angelo DiCaro, (416)
606-6311; or John McClyment, (416) 315-3202