Ontario Northland and the Canadian Auto Workers Ratify Five New Collective Agreements

NORTH BAY, ON, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Northland and the Canadian Auto Workers Local 103 are pleased to announce the ratification of five (5) new collective agreements. The union represents over 400 Ontario Northland employees including clerical, on board service, shop craft, hotel staff, as well as, stores and yard office staff, throughout Ontario Northland's service territory.  73% of members voted in favour of the new contracts.

"These new agreements demonstrate the high level of commitment of both parties to work together through challenging times to sustain the organization for the future," stated Paul Goulet, President and Chief Executive Officer.

The contract, valid to December 31, 2013, provides a wage increase across all CAW agreements of 0.5% in year three plus a 1.5% maximum for cost of living allowance.

"We are pleased that all five agreements have been ratified," said Brian Kelly, President of CAW Local 103. "The membership has shown strong support for our union and bargaining committee."

"We are very happy to have reached an agreement with the employees represented by the Canadian Auto Workers," said Corina Moore, Chief Operating Officer and lead negotiator. "The CAW membership understands the economic situation of Ontario Northland and is doing their part to ensure our success."

Ontario Northland, an Agency of the Province of Ontario, was established in 1902 and is a recognized leader in promoting sustainable economic growth by establishing and operating transportation and telecommunication links, primarily in Northeastern Ontario. With more than 1,000 employees who live and work in the North, Ontario Northland and the economic activity it stimulates, has a dramatic impact in the region.

SOURCE Ontario Northland Transportation Commission

For further information:

Media Inquiries
Rebecca McGlynn, Ontario Northland, 705.472.4500 or 800.363.7512 ext. 529; cell: 705.845.8005.

Brian Kelly, President, Canadian Auto Workers Local 103, 705.471.5263


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