New Agreement at Syncreon in Oshawa, Ontario

February 20, 2013, 11:38 AM EST

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CAW Local 222 members who work at the Syncreon Supplier Park inside the General Motors Autoplex in Oshawa, Ontario have ratified  a new four-year agreement that includes wage and health care benefit improvements, among other gains.

Local 222 represents approximately 200 workers at the auto parts sequencing facility. Workers voted 91 per cent in favour of the agreement on February 16, after rejecting an earlier tentative agreement.

Workers receive a $1 per hour increase immediately upon ratification. They also receive a $1 per hour raise each year of the four year agreement, or a $1500 lump sum payment once they reach $17 per hour. In the last year, all members go to $18 an hour on the anniversary date of the contact.

The new agreement also includes a signing bonus, family healthcare coverage, dental plan, vision care, improved safety shoe allowance, improved language on working conditions and premium pay on hours worked on non-statutory holidays.

"The membership consists of workers who came from workplaces that had downsized or closed during the auto crisis," said CAW National Representative Keith Osborne.  "These workplaces had established contracts with decent wages, pensions and benefits and the members were frustrated. They are not to blame for the crisis in manufacturing, specifically in auto, and used the first ratification as a way to express this frustration," Osborne said.

The bargaining committee and the members must be commended for their patience and support during a tough round of talks, he said.

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