CAW Charges Forward at Navistar in Chatham

March 6, 2012, 1:45 PM EST

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More than 600 members of CAW Local 35 and 127 at Navistar Truck in Chatham, Ontario came out to hear an update from the union on the negotiations with Navistar and next steps. The meeting took place on March 4.

Negotiations have been ongoing since the company formally announced the closure in July 2011. CAW President Ken Lewenza and the bargaining committees have rejected the latest offer tabled by Navistar on February 28. The proposal fell short in a number of areas, including the legal requirements around pensions as they relate to closures. Navistar has not returned to the bargaining table to reach a settlement.

"Navistar has no intention of reopening the plant so they have a responsibility to bargain a good closure agreement," Lewenza said at the meeting. "This employer is trying to restrict the benefits the people earned as they worked at International Truck and we're not going to let that happen."

At the meeting, members expressed frustration at the company's refusal to recognize the workers' longstanding efforts.

Lewenza vowed that the union would use every resource at its disposal to ensure that members at Navistar receive due justice and compensation for the closure.

The company shuttered the heavy truck plant in June 2009.


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