Overwhelming Support for New Contact at General Dynamics

March 24, 2010, 4:40 PM EST

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CAW Local 27 members who work at the General Dynamics plant in London, Ontario have overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year collective agreement with wage, benefit and pension improvements.

The CAW represents 508 workers at General Dynamics Land Systems in London, who build armoured military personnel carriers. They voted 96 per cent in favour of the contract.  

The agreement includes a lump sum wage increase in year one of 2.5 per cent, a two per cent wage increase in the second year and a lump sum increase of two per cent in the third year. It also includes a $1000 signing bonus and maintains COLA, which is folded in.

Pension increases occur in all three years and there are increases in vision, massage therapy, chiropractic, minimum basic life insurance and extended disability coverage.

Language regarding work ownership has been maintained and there is improved outsourcing language covering the skilled trades, CAW London area director Fergo Berto said.

Craig McLarty, CAW Local 27 unit chairperson, said the membership is pleased with the agreement, which helps to ensure a strong foundation for the future.

"The solid strike mandate provided by our membership meant the bargaining committee could negotiate the best agreement possible," said McLarty. "This new contract helps to ensure we will maintain work at the London plant and bring in future work at this facility as well," he said.

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