CAW Council Delegates Vote in Favour of Magna Agreement

    TORONTO, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - Delegates to CAW Council in Toronto today have
overwhelmingly endorsed the union's Framework of Fairness Agreement with auto
parts maker Magna.
    After a lengthy and passionate debate with 32 different speakers coming
to the microphones, CAW Council delegates voted overwhelmingly in support of a
recommendation endorsing the Magna agreement. Out of more than 800 delegates
from across the country, approximately 25 were opposed.
    The recommendation encourages Council delegates to welcome Magna workers
into the CAW under the recently negotiated Framework of Fairness Agreement.
    Delegates debated the issue for four hours today with impassioned,
thoughtful speeches. Several speakers outlined strong concerns regarding the
Magna agreement, but delegates from across all sectors of the union spoke in
favour of providing Magna workers with the opportunity to join the CAW and
make progress through collective bargaining.
    During his speech to Council delegates, CAW President Buzz Hargrove said
the agreement with Magna provides the union with an important opportunity to
bring 18,000 new members into the CAW.
    "At a tough time for auto assembly, auto parts and manufacturing workers
in Canada this decision creates a new window of opportunity for workers to be
able to join our union," Hargrove said. "We must push to maintain a strong
level of union density within the auto sector in Canada. Keeping union density
high within the auto sector is critical to the future bargaining success for
all workers."
    Union density in Canada's private sector has been cut in half since the
early 1970s and as of 2006 was at 17 per cent - following the path of steep
decline of U.S. unionization. In the U.S. private sector union density is now
below 8 per cent.
    In November, more than 250 workers at Windsor Modules, a division of
Magna, voted overwhelmingly in favour of a first collective agreement
negotiated by the CAW and to join the union under the Framework of Fairness
Agreement. The Windsor, Ontario plant is the first of more than 40 plants in
the Magna auto parts system to vote to adopt the Framework of Fairness and the
new collective agreement.
    Moe Soydanbay, new chairperson/employee advocate at Windsor Modules, was
one of the last speakers during today's debate. He said he was ecstatic to
have become part of the CAW. He said Magna workers need the help the CAW will
bring to its members.
    "I'm looking forward to our future within the CAW," said Soydanbay to
loud applause.

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