CAW Members at Minacs Approve New Agreement

March 25, 2009, 2:29 PM EST

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CAW Local 222 members working at Aditya Birla Minacs in Oshawa have voted 89 per cent in favour of a new three-year collective agreement that provides gains in wages and working conditions.

The company had been demanding massive concessions from this small group of CAW members, who are support technicians providing information to GM dealerships on warranty issues. They work in offices within GM's Canadian headquarters in Oshawa, Ontario.

CAW national representative Keith Osborne said the membership unanimously rejected the company forced final offer, which was supervised by the Ministry of Labour.

Osborne said it was a unique set of bargaining in which the company forced a final offer. He said the reality is that the ratification vote proves that collective bargaining works and forced votes should not be used. "Fighting back makes a difference," he said.

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