CAW Local 112 Members at CUSCO Fabricators Ratify First Collective Agreement

October 3, 2012, 3:55 PM EST

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CAW Local 112 members at newly organized CUSCO Fabricators in Richmond Hill have voted 83 per cent in favour of a first collective agreement. Contract talks began in May with the bargaining committee determined to eliminate a tiered wage system with over 40 different rates of pay in the wage grid. "This employer had a corporate philosophy that based wage increases for workers on favouritism," said Local 112 President Roland Kiehne. "Through the hard work and tenacity of the bargaining committee, all active workers within their respective job classifications will be making the same rate of pay by the end of this three year agreement," Kiehne added.

In addition, the committee negotiated a 3 per cent lump sum payment in the first year of the deal on top of the 2 per cent increase the employer gave the workers in January. In year two, the workers will get an increase of 2.5 per cent to base and another 2 per cent in year three. Improvements were also made to benefits. "Our members now know what it means to belong to a strong union," said CUSCO Unit Chairperson Paul Ledrew. "I am proud of our members decision to join the CAW," added Ledrew.

CUSCO manufactures mobile vacuum equipment for industrial, commercial and environmental applications.

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