CAW Reaches New Agreement at Auto Parts Maker Wescast

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - CAW Local 504 members voted 98 per cent in 
favour today of a new collective agreement with auto parts maker Wescast 
Industries in Strathroy, Ontario, ending a three-week strike. 
Workers at the plant had been out on strike since October 27. A tentative 
agreement was reached this morning and the ratification vote held this 
afternoon. 
The agreement resists concessions and extends a commitment on the life of the 
plant for at least another year, said Jerry Dias, assistant to the CAW 
president. "In addition, the company has agreed to a process that will 
hopefully transition the plant from iron to stainless steel production," Dias 
said. 
CAW National Representative Jim Woods said there were a number of other 
important gains, including an increase in the severance entitlement to 2.4 
weeks per year of service for any permanent layoff. 
CAW Local 504 President Dave Reston said the solidarity of the bargaining 
committee and support of the membership was crucial in achieving the tentative 
agreement. 
"The activism of CAW area local unions as well as other unions and community 
members in providing support to the picket line was critical in maintaining 
the membership's spirits in Strathroy, as they walked in bitter cold 
conditions many days," Reston said. 
CAW Local 504 represents 65 workers at Wescast, which produces exhaust 
manifolds for General Motors. 
Jerry Dias, assistant to the CAW President, 416-315-1576 or CAW  
Communications, John McClyment, 416-315-3202. 
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) 
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