CAW Ratifies Deal with University of Windsor

October 21, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

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CAW members at the University of Windsor have overwhelmingly ratified a new collective agreement by 97 per cent, in a series of votes that took place yesterday.

The three-year agreement covers 400 members in the campus police and parking (CAW Local 195), the operating engineers (CAW Local 2458), and the full and part-time office and clerical workers (CAW Local 2458).

The breakdown is as follows:

Operating Engineers - 93%
Part-time office - 96%
Full-time office - 98%
Campus police - 91%

"This year's collective bargaining was done with a combined effort of CAW Locals 195 and 2458," said CAW Local 195 President Gerry Farnham. "United we were able to put together a decent collective agreement, with no concessions, with numerous language improvements and increases throughout."

The agreement includes lump sum payments in the first and second year of the agreement and a three per cent wage increase in the third year with improvements to benefits and language, particularly around issues of job security.  For the first time, the pension plan was negotiated into the collective agreement.
Tullio DiPonti, CAW Local 2458 Financial Secretary, credits the successful negotiations to the solidarity of the four CAW bargaining units at the university. "Our members who work there are the backbone of the university and negotiating a fair collective agreement enhances our education system."

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