New Agreements at Magna Auto Parts Plants

December 14, 2010, 2:03 PM EST


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CAW Local 2009 members at three Magna auto parts plants under the Framework of Fairness Master Agreement have ratified a new three-year agreement.

Workers at the plants located in Windsor, London and Mississauga, Ontario voted 83 per cent in support of the no concessions agreement. It features cost of living adjustments (COLA) in each year and 75 cents per hour up front for Windsor Modules workers as well as signing bonuses for Mississauga Seating and Qualtech Seating in London.

Improvements in language covering overtime, time off the job, skilled trades contracting out, as well job security gains were negotiated.

"Since the Enough is Enough campaign, we've ratified agreements with our two largest auto parts suppliers, Magna and Martinrea," said Jerry Dias, Assistant to the CAW National President. "With both companies, not only do the agreements have no concessions, they have strong job security commitments for present and future work. We also made some gains for these members in very difficult times."

The Enough is Enough campaign called for an end to employer takeaway demands in the auto parts sector.

"If the largest auto parts suppliers are agreeing to lock in future work and gains for our members, it sets an important precedent. There's no reason other suppliers cannot follow suit," said Dias.

The CAW also bargained a new two-year agreement for Magna Integram from Local 444 in Windsor, Ontario which was ratified by 78 per cent earlier in November. The new agreement has no concessions, a $1,000 signing bonus, as well as a $500 bonus in the second year. For the first time a new COLA formula was achieved that kicks in the second year. The contract also includes job security language that locks in the current product and the future generation of the product. Post retirement benefits were also negotiated.

"I would like to thank the thousands of auto parts workers who protested on October 27 because without this mass protest stating "Enough is Enough," the gains in bargaining with Magna could not have been achieved," said Jim Mitchell, CAW National Representative. The Enough is Enough campaign called for an end to employer takeaway demands in the auto parts sector.

For more information on the Enough is Enough campaign, please visit: http://www.caw.ca/en/9499.htm

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