Ontario Northland and the Canadian Auto Workers Reach Tentative Labour Agreement

NORTH BAY, ON, May 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Northland and the Canadian Auto Workers Local 103 announced that they have reached a tentative labour agreement.

"After extended negotiations, we are very happy to have reached a tentative agreement with the employees represented by the Canadian Auto Workers union," said Corina Moore, Chief Operating Officer and lead negotiator. "It is clear that the CAW understands the economic situation of Ontario Northland and is doing their part to help ensure our success."

"We would like to thank our membership for their strong show of support for our union and bargaining committee," said Brian Kelly, President of CAW Local 103.

CAW Local 103 represents members who live and work throughout Ontario Northland's Northeastern Ontario service territory. The union represents over 400 Ontario Northland employees ranging from clerical, on board service, shop craft, hotel staff, as well as, stores and yard office staff.

Details of the three year tentative agreement will be presented to the CAW Local 103 membership at upcoming ratification meetings.

"This significant agreement with the CAW is a milestone for Ontario Northland labour relations and clearly demonstrates 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.

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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