Overwhelming Strike Vote at Auto Parts Maker Wescast

June 22, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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CAW Local 4207 members who work at Wescast Machining in Wingham, Ontario have overwhelmingly rejected a forced final offer from the company.

The workers voted 78 per cent against the company offer in a ministry of labour supervised vote. The membership also voted 94 per cent in favour of a strike, if needed.

CAW Local 4207 represents 88 members at the Wingham facility, which machines exhaust manifolds. The contract expires June 30.

Local 4207 President Mark Goetz said parts workers like those at the Wingham plant face increasing pressure from all sides in an industry that is undergoing a major restructuring.

"Our members work hard to make quality products and deserve fair and equitable compensation for the dedication they show the employer," Goetz said.

Plant chairperson Deb Van Beek said the membership have shown tremendous support for their bargaining committee.

"The membership have sent a clear message that their bargaining committee has a strong mandate to negotiate the best agreement possible," said Van Beek.

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