TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - CAW members who work at General Electric
facilities in Peterborough, Toronto, Arnprior and Burlington/Stoney
Creek, Ontario have overwhelmingly approved a new three-year collective
agreement that includes wage, benefit and pension improvements.
The 750 workers are members of CAW Locals 524, 252 and 2228.
Approximately 600 of the total work at the large motors facility in
Peterborough, while the remainder work at G.E. Hitachi Nuclear
facilities in Toronto, Peterborough and Arnprior and at service
facilities in Burlington and Stoney Creek, Ontario.
Overall, workers approved the agreement by 97 per cent in voting Sunday,
"We won significant investment to turn Peterborough's 100 year-old
facilities into facilities that will now reflect the technology of
2013," said Jerry Dias, assistant to the CAW president. "Winning this
commitment was the most significant feature of a strong new agreement
with G.E.," Dias said.
Wage increases, including cost of living allowance, are two per cent in
the first year, 2.5 per cent in the second and three per cent in the
final year. In addition, there were significant pension gains.
A major pension gain is the extension of supplemental pension payments
to ensure bridge pensions continue until retiring workers qualify for
the delayed Old Age Security pension announced by the Harper
In addition gains were made in a new vision care plan along with
improvements in dental and other programs.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
For more information contact Jerry Dias, Assistant to the CAW President, 416-315-1576 or John McClyment, CAW Communications, (416) 315-3202.