CAW Local 725 Members Approve New Contract at WAJAX

March 30, 2012, 2:20 PM EST


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CAW Local 725 members who work at WAJAX, formerly Detroit Diesel, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia have overwhelmingly approved a new three-year agreement.

The CAW represents Diesel technicians who work on diesel engines at WAJAX.

The agreement includes a wage increase of three per cent in each year, a new vision care benefit, improved vacation accrual, increases to premiums and a boot allowance.

The company also wanted to introduce an incentive which the committee was reluctant to accept based on their negative experience with the current incentive program. In response the new contract secures a guarantee that the plan must payout in the first year of the agreement and if not the second and third year of the agreement will be increased to 3.5 per cent. This was a first income "insurance" protection ever negotiated for this group.

The bargaining committee was made up of chairperson Matt Hutt, shop steward Tony Kearley and national representative Chad Johnston.

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