Voith Siemens Settlement Victory at CAW Local 252

December 10, 2008, 3:35 PM EST

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CAW Local 252 members at Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation in Mississauga, Ontario have ratified a new collective agreement that provides wages and pension gains and resists company concession demands.

The settlement brings to an end a strike that started October 30.

There are 55 CAW Local 252 members who work at Voith Siemens in Mississauga, which is a joint venture between two massive German companies. Workers voted 96 per cent in favour of the three-year agreement.

The new contract provides wage increases of 25 cents in each year, a $1 per month per year of credited service pension increase in each of six years and provides benefit improvements. It maintains COLA and recall rights and provides a signing bonus.

"The company was demanding major concessions and our membership stood firm," said Abbot Harvey, CAW Local 252 President. "We only achieved this agreement because of the tremendous support of our members who stayed on the picket line for five weeks."

"The bargaining committee was able to beat back this employer's demands for concessions because of the strong solidarity of the membership," said John Peach, CAW unit chairperson.

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