CAW Reaches Tentative Agreement with JCI

August 26, 2011, 9:50 AM EST

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The CAW has reached a new tentative collective agreement with Johnson Controls (JCI), hours before a strike deadline of midnight last night.

"I'm pleased that we were able to reach this agreement that secures our members jobs in the facility well into the future," said Chris Buckley, CAW Local 222 president. CAW Local 222 represents more than 300 workers at the Whitby facility.

JCI workers produce door pads and floor consoles for the Chevrolet Impala, as well as seats for the Camaro. A strike would have had an immediate impact on production at the General Motors Oshawa complex.

"The fight was to ensure that these jobs stayed in Canada," said Jerry Dias, assistant to the CAW National President. "JCI was attempting to move the jobs to the U.S. Ultimately, we were successful in preserving all the current work for the General Motors Oshawa complex."

Details of the agreement will be released Sunday afternoon following the ratification meeting in the morning.

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