New Agreement at Sandvik, Ending Strike

August 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

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The CAW has reached and ratified a new collective agreement with Sandvik Material Technologies, ending a more than three week long strike.

CAW Sandvik unit chair Derek Mosley said that he's pleased with what the bargaining committee was able to accomplish. "We could not have done it without the unwavering support from the membership and the support from the national union," said Mosley. "We are proud of the solidarity of our membership in fighting back concessions and holding tough until a negotiated settlement was reached."

The new three year agreement includes benefit improvements, strengthened language around lay-offs and a wage increase in the third year. The contract also maintains the existing rolling cost of living adjustment (COLA) formula, a major point of contention in the negotiations.  The deal was ratified by 80 per cent.

"I'm humbled by the level of support the membership has shown in their first ever strike, in the facility's more than 30 year existence," said Harry Ghadban, CAW Eastern Ontario area director.  "The bargaining committee and members were buoyed seeing so many CAW members support their efforts for a fair contract." 

The CAW held a rally in support of striking Sandvik workers at the company's Canadian headquarters in Mississauga on July 26.

The 157 employees make steel tubing for the nuclear, aerospace, automotive, and oil and gas sectors. Sandvik Material Technologies is located in Arnprior, Ontario (an hour outside of Ottawa) and is part of a Swedish-owned multinational company.

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