TORONTO, July 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Workers at Coca-Cola bottling in
Brampton, Ontario have approved a new three-year deal by 83 per cent,
officially ending a three-week long strike.
"The real fight here was over the defined benefit pension plan, with
Coca-Cola pushing us to move to a defined contribution plan," said
Jerry Dias, Assistant to the CAW National President. "Coca-Cola can
certainly afford for employees to retire with a stable income. We were
ultimately successful in keeping the defined benefit pension plan and
improving upon it."
The new deal also includes wage increases in the second and third year
and an agreement that would end demands to outsource existing work. The
union also negotiated a weekend worker program, which includes two
12-hour premium shifts over the weekend to allow for 24 hour, seven day
a week production.
Production will resume tomorrow, Monday July 22.
CAW Local 973 represents approximately 700 workers at the Coca-Cola
bottling facility in Brampton.
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 or CAW Local 973 Coke plant chairperson Ryan Parson (cell) 647-407-0973