New Deal at Quaker Oats in Peterborough

June 28, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

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After three weeks of contract talks, CAW members at the Quaker Oats processing plant in Peterborough, Ontario have overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year deal. Workers voted 84 per cent in favour of the deal on June 26.

"This is a very good deal for our members, despite a very challenging round of talks," said Jerry Dias, Assistant to CAW President Ken Lewenza.

The company cited the slow economic recovery as well as increased competition in the food processing industry to limit contract gains for workers. In the end, the bargaining committee negotiated wage improvements in each year of the agreement (with some adjustments to the hire rate), pension and benefit improvements as well as other gains.

"Throughout the bargaining process, the committee was unbreakable in their resolve to hammer out a strong agreement for the members," said Plant Chairperson Rob Gerow.

The union represents 500 production and skilled trades workers at the Quaker Oats facility, owned by global food manufacturer PepsiCo. The facility produces breakfast cereals and ready-to-eats snacks.  The workers are members of CAW Local 1996.

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