New Agreement, Strike Over at ACAN Windows in Newfoundland

May 26, 2009, 5:00 PM EST


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CAW/FFAW members who work at ACAN Windows in Paradise, Newfoundland are back at work after ratifying a new collective agreement that ends a four-day strike at their plant.

The CAW/FFAW represents approximately 125 members at the window and steel door manufacturing plant. The new agreement was ratified by 81 per cent of workers.

Greg Pretty, CAW/FFAW director of industrial-retail, said that the new agreement is significant especially considering the tough economic climate.

The three-year agreement includes a wage increase of 17 per cent over the life of the contract. In addition, workers with ten years seniority receive increases in vacation pay rates, and all workers benefit from a new sick time provision. In the second year of the agreement workers will begin to participate in a company administered RRSP program.

"This economy is not only tough on bankers and financial institutions - it's also tough on working men and women," Pretty said. "We are pleased with this agreement because it represents a significant step forward both now and in the future for the people that have made ACAN Windows the success story that it is."

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