Settlement at Armada Toolworks

January 19, 2011, 3:18 PM EST

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CAW Local 222 members working at auto parts maker Armada Toolworks in Lindsay, Ontario have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with wage increases in each year of the agreement.

Concessions that were on the table when bargaining began were removed. In addition a Women's Advocate position was created. The agreement was approved by 71 per cent.

CAW National Representative Keith Osborne said the company was very aggressive in negotiations by first ordering a No Board Report and then a Supervised Labour Board vote.

"If it was not for the determination of Chairperson Mike LeMoire and bargaining committee members Cathy Hogg and Tom Worseley this agreement could not have been reached," Osborne said.

"This workplace is another example of where we need government intervention to preserve all manufacturing jobs affected by our high Canadian dollar, which is making us vulnerable to countries such as China and now even the United States. These governments are manipulating the value of their currencies to secure much needed manufacturing jobs," Osborne said.

LeMoire said it was a tough round of bargaining that raised many challenges for the membership. "But the solidarity of the members and the hard work of the bargaining committee resulted in an agreement, which builds a stronger foundation for the future," LeMoire said.

The CAW has 147 members at Armada who manufacture zinc and aluminum die castings, injection-molded plastics and mechanical assemblies for GM, Ford, Chrysler, Opel and Volkswagen. 

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