CAW Reaches New Deal for Workers at Trench Electric

May 22, 2013, 3:50 PM EST


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A new deal reached between Trench Electric and the CAW includes important gains for members. CAW Local 303 represents 178 workers making transformers at the plant in Scarborough, Ontario.

The new agreement includes wage increases of 2 per cent for each ear of the agreement, a signing bonus of $800 for all current employees, improvements to vision and dental care as well as provisions for safety shoes. The agreement also introduces skilled trades language for electricians and millwrights.

The biggest success, however, was the union's ability to stop the company's attempt to replace the defined pension plan for all new hires with an RRSP plan.

"With this agreement, we have not only made significant improvements in wages and benefits for our existing members, but also secured pensions for future workers at the plant," said Anand Boodhai, CAW Local 303 President.

Members voted 82 per cent in approval of the new agreement.

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