CAW Members Ratify First Union Contract at TRW

TILLSONBURG, ON, April 22, 2013 /CNW/ - TRW auto parts workers in Tillsonburg, 
Ontario have voted 83.8% in favour of a first collective agreement that sees 
wages and benefits improve, two-tier pay structures eliminated for production 
workers and restrictions placed on the use of temporary agency work, among 
other substantial gains. Voting for the new contract took place on April 20. 
"This is a landmark deal for these parts workers, the newest members of the 
CAW," said Jerry Dias, Assistant to CAW National President Ken Lewenza. "These 
are challenging and insecure times for workers in the manufacturing sector. 
TRW workers have shown that these challenges can be overcome, and security 
won, through a union contract." 
The new three-year deal includes a 90¢ per hour wage increase in the first 
year of the deal, with subsequent hourly rate increases of 1% in both years 
two and three. Skilled trades will receive an additional 75¢ hourly-wage 
bump-up over the life of the agreement. 
The union also negotiated pension benefit improvements, as well as 
improvements to bereavement leave, access to flexible shift scheduling, new 
provisions for safety shoes and layoff and recall rights. 
The union also was successful in eliminating the practice of "two-tier" wages 
for a growing group of workers at TRW, said CAW National Representative Julie 
"Workers stuck on the second rung of the wage ladder will now have a clear 
path to top rate, which equates to thousands of dollars per year in additional 
income," Herron said, adding that these "tiered" workers will now have access 
to long and short-term disability leave, expanded health benefits and see an 
increase in their shift premium, over the life of the agreement. The new wage 
grow-in period will be six-years. 
The union also negotiated an end to the practice of hiring temporary agency 
workers in the plant as of June 30, 2014. These third-party contract workers 
at the facility had earned nearly half ($11 per hour) the top rate of pay, 
with no long-term job security. The new contract provides for limited use of 
temporary part-time work, earning $14 per hour, in extraordinary 
circumstances. All new full-time jobs will be brought into the collective 
agreement, and will be deemed permanent. 
"This new union contract is over 20 years in the making," said Bargaining 
Committee Chairperson Elaine Kamenar, representing the 220 TRW workers. "The 
workers at our facility have been trying for decades to win collective 
bargaining rights. Now we've got them. And the benefits have been instant. The 
gains we've made in this contract, through the CAW, are well deserved and long 
TRW workers voted to join the CAW in October, 2012 and are members of Local 
1859. TRW manufactures steering columns, brake systems and other auto parts 
for Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. 
The new contract is set to expire on April 23, 2016. 
Julie Herron, CAW National Representative (519) 550-1544; or Angelo  DiCaro, 
CAW Communications (416) 606-6311 
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) 
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