New Agreement at Two Martinrea Parts Plants Follow Day of Action

November 3, 2010, 3:12 PM EST

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CAW members at parts maker Martinrea in Ridgetown and Dresden, Ontario emerged victorious after the auto parts workers Day of Action, ratifying new no-concession collective agreements.

The three-year agreements were ratified by 87 per cent in Ridgetown and 93 per cent in Dresden, during meetings held on October 30. Both facilities are represented by CAW Local 127.

Assistant to CAW National President Jerry Dias said that central to the new deal was a prohibition on closing during the life of the agreement and a commitment to the two facilities for the next generation of products.

"The key here is not the commitment for today, but the commitment for tomorrow -this is an incredible breakthrough for the entire auto parts sector," said Dias.

While wages and benefits will be frozen for the term of the agreement, the bargaining committees were successful in defeating company demands for a $7-8 wage cut, as well as dramatic reductions in benefits.

"Without a doubt, this is a very historic time, not only in our local union, but right across the province where people are saying: 'Enough is enough,'" CAW Local 127 President Aaron Neaves told the Chatham Daily News. "This will be the benchmark going forward for any round of collective bargaining."


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