Workers Reject Concession Demands At Westcast

March 2, 2010, 10:37 AM EST


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CAW Local 504 members who work at auto parts maker Westcast Industries in Strathroy, Ontario have rejected a company offer loaded with concession demands.

The CAW and company had been in contract talks since mid-December when the company presented a final offer on February 18 that included more than $10 per hour in wage, benefit and pension cuts. It also introduced a two-tier wage system for new hires and a $1000 signing bonus.

Workers voted 75 per cent against the company offer and the existing collective agreement has been extended for one month.

CAW Local 504 President Randy Smith said "the workers have voted and clearly want our CAW bargaining committee to renew talks with the company. It's time the company got back to the bargaining table and negotiated a fair and equitable settlement," Smith said.

There are 75 active workers at the plant, located northwest of London, Ontario. The workers produce exhaust manifolds. Three years ago the plant had 250 workers.

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