CAW and Kawneer Manufacturing (Alcoa) Reach Tentative Agreement

April 21, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

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The Canadian Auto Workers union have reached a tentative agreement with Kawneer Manufacturing, a division of Alcoa.

CAW Local 99 represents a bargaining unit of 218 workers at Kawneer Manufacturing in Lethbridge Alberta; including production and maintenance employees at the Alcoa-owned Lethbridge plant which operates a press for aluminum extrusion and the production of architectural products.

The union had set a strike deadline of 7 a.m. on Thursday April 21, 2011. 

"We have reached a tentative agreement with the company that we are going to take to the members to vote on at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 21," said CAW National Representative Todd Romanow.  He said that both sides have agreed in writing to extend the strike deadline to noon on Thursday, in case there is a need to go back to the bargaining table. 

The Kawneer Lethbridge facility is located approximately 250 km southeast of Calgary. The facility manufactures aluminum architectural products that include window systems, curtain walls, stock and custom doors. Operations consist of a 2,500-ton extrusion press, anodizing, electrostatic spray painting and fabrication. The plant began operations in 1983, with Alcoa managing operations since 1998 as a result of the Alumax, Inc. merger.

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