Settlement Resists Concession Demands at Continental AG in Chatham, Ontario

November 16, 2011, 2:55 PM EST

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CAW Local 35 members who work at Continental AG, an automotive research and development company, in Chatham, Ontario have voted 83 per cent in favour of a new three-year collective agreement.

The agreement includes annual pay increases that total more than nine per cent over the three years, improved retirement incentives, and a signing bonus.

A key issue in bargaining was the right of new hires to enter into the defined benefit pension plan and the bargaining committee stood firm on this issue.

"We fought hard to preserve the rights of new hires and to prevent the creation of two tiers of workers in this workplace. Thanks to the solidarity of the membership and a strong bargaining committee we achieved those important goals," said Richard Laverty, CAW national representative.

"This small group of workers stood together and pushed back numerous concession demands from this profitable and huge multi-national corporation. The bargaining committee rejected the company's demands despite enormous pressure from the corporation," said Laverty.

The CAW represents approximately 35 workers at Continental AG.

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