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
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
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
"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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