CAW and Kawneer Manufacturing (Alcoa) Ratify Agreement, Avoiding Strike

April 21, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

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The Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) has ratified an agreement today with Kawneer Manufacturing, a division of Alcoa, in Lethbridge, Alberta, avoiding a strike.

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

CAW members at Kawneer held a vote this morning and ratified an agreement with the company with 75 per cent voting in favour.

"While there is large disappointment that the company would not offer more, the members are relieved that there is now an agreement in place for the next three years and that a strike has been averted," said CAW National Representative Todd Romanow.

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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