CAW Inks New Deal with Marmon Keystone
July 24, 2012, 10:20 AM EST
CAW Local 1256 members working at Marmon Keystone in Burlington, Ontario ratified a new three-year collective agreement by a margin of 86 per cent. The new deal includes wage, benefit and other contract gains.
Workers will see hourly wages increase in each year of the deal (by 40 cents in year one and 65 cents in each of the subsequent years), in addition to receiving a $1,000 signing bonus. Negotiators were also able to secure improvements to the dental plan and worker pensions as well as time off the job for Ontario's Family Day holiday.
CAW Local 1256 President Angus MacDonald considered this a very successful round of bargaining, that delivered well-deserved enhancements to the members, especially in difficult times.
"Bargaining solid agreements for members today is a challenge," MacDonald said. "Economic times are tough and many employers are using that fact to press workers for concessions. With the help of the CAW national office we've continued to move forward at Marmon Keystone and that's encouraging."
Acting unit chairperson Kevin Jay commended the bargaining committee and the members for their commitment to the bargaining process and their solidarity.
The CAW represents 30 workers at Marmon Keystone, a distributor of pipe, tubing and specialty bar with operations across North America. The ratification meeting was held on June 23.