New Contract for Coca-Cola workers in Brampton

July 15, 2010, 1:56 PM EST


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CAW members at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Brampton, Ontario ratified a new three-year agreement by a margin of 69 per cent on June 27.

The new agreement includes pension improvements, new workplace training commitments, and enhanced job security language among other gains.

"This was a very challenging round of negotiations that pushed our bargaining committee right to the eleventh hour," said CAW Local 973 President Tony Di Bartolomeo. "It was the resolve of our committee and our membership that enabled us to make the gains we did. We will continue to build on this contract moving forward."

Bargaining committee Chairperson Ryan Parson said the union fought back company demands to drag down wages and work standards, which would have eroded the Brampton workers' contract - widely considered to be the Cadillac agreement for Coke workers in Canada.

"The aggressive approach taken by this company to demand concessions is further proof that as a union we must remain vigilant in how our in-plant leadership administer and defend this important contract, for the benefit of all workers at Coke," Parson said.

CAW Local 973 represents over 500 production, delivery and skilled trades workers at the Brampton bottling facility.

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