Overwhelming Ratification at Johnson Controls

August 30, 2011, 11:54 PM EST

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CAW Local 222 members who work at auto parts maker Johnson Controls in Whitby, Ontario have overwhelmingly voted in favour of a new three-year collective agreement.

Production workers voted 85 per cent in favour of the agreement and skilled trades 88 per cent in favour at a ratification meeting August 28.

Jerry Dias, assistant to the CAW president, said it was a tough round of bargaining that centered on ensuring that jobs at Johnson Controls (JCI) in Whitby remained in Canada. During negotiations management informed the union that they were going to move the jobs to a JCI facility in Michigan.

"This was a fight over 165 Canadian jobs," said Dias. "We were determined to save these jobs."

 "Workers in the auto parts sector across Canada have faced tremendous stress and uncertainty in recent years as employer after employer have demanded concessions and cutbacks and threatened closures," Dias said. "Our fightback at JCI in Whitby is part of our union's ongoing commitment to preserve jobs in the autoparts sector."

JCI workers produce door pads and floor consoles for the Chevrolet Impala as well as seats for the Camaro, assembled at GM's Oshawa facilities.

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