CAW members at Freightliner Sterling vow support for Magna agreement

    ST. THOMAS, ON, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - CAW Local 1001 members at Freightliner
Sterling Truck in St. Thomas have thrown their support behind the CAW-Magna
Framework of Fairness agreement, launched on October 15, 2007.
    In St. Thomas alone, there are nearly 2,000 Magna employees who would
benefit from being members of the CAW, said CAW Local 1001 President Diane
    In a letter to CAW President Buzz Hargrove, Local 1001 pledged its full
support of the national union in its efforts to organize the nearly 20,000
Magna workers.
    "We unanimously support the Magna workers right to join our union, and we
support that decision under the terms of the Framework of Fairness," said the
letter, signed by Agar and Local 1001 Freightliner Plant Chair Richard
    "Further, the leadership of our local is entirely committed to assisting
the organizing efforts of the Magna workers through whatever resources we have
available, both prior to and following the democratic process that will lead
them into the CAW."
    Freightliner workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining the CAW in
2002 once the company was bought by DaimlerChrysler who for the first time
allowed workers to join a union. Prior to joining the CAW, many workers had
led a 10-year campaign with the CAW to rally support for the union in the face
of strong employer opposition.
    "The members of our local know all too well the challenges of organizing
workplaces, said Laverty. "We struggled for over a decade to organize our
workplace against an employer who was successful in keeping the union out by
convincing workers that high wages and competitive benefits packages were all
they needed."
    Laverty indicated that without the neutrality agreement that allowed
Freightliner workers to join the CAW, workers would still be without valuable
union representation.

For further information:

For further information: CAW Local 1001 President Diane Agar, (cell)
(519) 857-6472 or Plant Chair Richard Laverty, (cell) (519) 857-7092

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