New Contract at Autoliv in Tilbury

July 27, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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CAW Local 1941 members at Autoliv Canada in Tilbury ratified a new three year collective agreement by 93 per cent earlier this summer. 

"The new agreement provides for wage, pension and benefit improvements along with numerous language changes", said CAW National Representative Rick Garant. "This is good news for this facility, the city of Tilbury and the surrounding communities."

The agreement was actually negotiated well ahead of its October 15 expiry date in order to allow the company to bid on potential new work.  The news of new equipment is awaiting confirmation for the middle of August. 

"The relationship between the company and the union has matured and all parties stand together with the common wish to maintain a critical presence in the Canadian manufacturing industry", said Paula Carson, chairperson and CAW Local 1941 president.  "Our members voted overwhelmingly to open the contract early after the plant manager attended a union meeting to answer questions regarding the intent of the request to bargain early.  I've never known a Plant Manager to agree to come to a union meeting." 

Carson said that it was clearly in the best interest of both parties to get an early agreement and concentrate on the business of making air bags and saving lives.   "We've done our part to educate and inform the members, they supported our recommendations and have worked hard to manufacture a very high quality product, making us the 'go to supplier.'  The bargaining committee, with Rick Garant, was able to negotiate a very solid agreement."

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