New Agreement Overwhelmingly Ratified at General Electric Facilities in Ontario

New Agreement Overwhelmingly Ratified at General Electric Facilities in Ontario 
TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - CAW members who work at General Electric 
facilities in Peterborough, Toronto, Arnprior and Burlington/Stoney Creek, 
Ontario have overwhelmingly approved a new three-year collective agreement 
that includes wage, benefit and pension improvements. 
The 750 workers are members of CAW Locals 524, 252 and 2228. Approximately 600 
of the total work at the large motors facility in Peterborough, while the 
remainder work at G.E. Hitachi Nuclear facilities in Toronto, Peterborough and 
Arnprior and at service facilities in Burlington and Stoney Creek, Ontario. 
Overall, workers approved the agreement by 97 per cent in voting Sunday, 
February 16. 
"We won significant investment to turn Peterborough's 100 year-old facilities 
into facilities that will now reflect the technology of 2013," said Jerry 
Dias, assistant to the CAW president. "Winning this commitment was the most 
significant feature of a strong new agreement with G.E.," Dias said. 
Wage increases, including cost of living allowance, are two per cent in the 
first year, 2.5 per cent in the second and three per cent in the final year. 
In addition, there were significant pension gains. 
A major pension gain is the extension of supplemental pension payments to 
ensure bridge pensions continue until retiring workers qualify for the delayed 
Old Age Security pension announced by the Harper Conservatives. 
In addition gains were made in a new vision care plan along with improvements 
in dental and other programs. 
For more information contact Jerry Dias, Assistant to the CAW President,  
416-315-1576 or John McClyment, CAW Communications, (416) 315-3202. 
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) 
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