CAW Members at Toromont CAT Ratify New Agreement

June 30, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

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CAW Local 112 members at Toromont CAT in Concord, Ontario have ratified a new collective agreement that provides a 6% wage increase over the life of the agreement for skilled trades workers and eliminates a tiered wage system for production workers that had been in place since 2003.

Roland Kiehne, CAW Local 112 president, said eliminating the tiered wage system was key to reaching a deal.

"The bargaining committee was determined in its resolve to eliminate the divisive tiered wage system that had been in place since 2003," Kiehne said.

"It makes absolutely no sense that workers performing identical work be paid differently. Its wrong and we fixed it," he said. 

CAW Local 112 Plant Chairperson Melrose Cornwall said, "Without the strong support of our skilled trades members standing in solidarity with the production workers, resolving the tiered wage problem would not have been possible."

"It demonstrates that collectively we have the power to impact change in our workplace," said Cornwall.

The workers voted 95 per cent in favour of the agreement.

CAW Local 112 represents 250 skilled trades and production workers at Toromont CAT.

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