Flex-N-Gate Workers Ratify New Contract

May 22, 2013, 4:10 PM EST

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Flex-N-Gate workers in Windsor reached a three year collective agreement last Thursday. CAW Local 195 represents the 120 workers at the plant who make frame rails for Chrysler's Windsor Assembly plant.

Four years ago, when the auto industry faced a near collapse, workers at many plants accepted cutbacks in order to keep plants afloat.

"With the industry fairing much better today, members are looking to regain some of what was lost during the recession through collective bargaining," said Gerry Farnham, CAW local 195 president. "While we weren't able to win back everything lost during the recession, this agreement is a step in the right direction and puts us in an even better position for the next round of bargaining".

Highlights of the agreement include: the reinstatement of two paid personal holiday days, a $1,000 signing bonus, a workplace commitment letter for the duration of the agreement, improvements to benefits, an increase to the defined contribution pension plan to three per cent, and a wage increase of $1.20 per hour over the life of the agreement.

Members voted 60 per cent in favour of the new agreement.

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