CAW Ratifies Three-Year Deal with Voith Industrial Services

October 19, 2011, 11:05 PM EST

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CAW members that perform cleaning and janitorial service work at Ford assembly plants in Windsor and Oakville have ratified a new master agreement with Voith Industrial Services on October 16 that includes wages and benefit improvements, among other gains. Members voted 73 per cent in favour of the deal.

The three-year agreement contains hourly wage increases in each year ($1.00 in year one, $0.25 in year two and $0.25 in year three) - which represents a 9 per cent average increase over the life of the deal. Members also receive a $1000 signing bonus, a quarterly inflation adjustment of $0.07 per hour, a new prescription drug card and access to CAW Legal Services Plan benefits for the first time.

CAW National Representative Paulo Ribeiro said this was an impressive deal that makes tremendous headway for workers in both facilities.

"Our bargaining committee worked very hard and did an excellent job by winning meaningful gains for the members," Ribeiro said.

The CAW represents over 150 members working for Voith Industrial Services at both Ford plants - 30 members in Windsor represented by CAW Local 200 and over 120 members in Oakville represented by CAW Local 707.

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