Agreement with National Auto Radiator to End Lock Out

April 16, 2013, 4:15 PM EST

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The CAW has reached an agreement with National Auto Radiator to end the lock out of its workers in Windsor, Ontario.

As part of the agreement, National Auto Radiator will resume payment of employee and retiree benefits of April 17.

The agreement will stay in place for 30 days. During this time, the company will also not ship or manufacture any products from the plant during the 30 day period.

"The fate of the facility has not changed, but this agreement will allow us the space to negotiate a closure agreement, instead of having our members locked out, and retirees cut off of health benefits," said CAW National President Ken Lewenza.

The union has agreed to end the picket and will not strike during the 30 day period. Lewenza described the 30 days as a cooling off period, wherein the union and the company will negotiate a closure agreement.

The accord also includes the consultation with the union, should the company be able to sell any existing equipment from the facility.

The lock out of CAW Local 195 members began on April 11 at 12:01 a.m. Workers only learned of the lock out upon seeing the padlock on the plant gate.  That same day, Narmco, the parent company of National Auto Radiator, halted payments of retiree health and drug benefits, which the union picked up in the meantime.

The CAW had been in negotiations with National Auto Radiator for more than nine weeks, to no avail. CAW Local 195 represents the remaining 16 workers. The workers' collective agreement expired on March 31.

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