CAW Members Ratify New Deal at Autrans Canada

May 29, 2013, 2:10 PM EST

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CAW Local 2163 members have ratified a new four-year collective agreement with GM-supplier Autrans Canada that includes wage, benefit and vacation entitlement improvements, among other significant contract gains.

Members will receive a $1.50 increase in base wages over the life of the agreement, in addition to a signing bonus of $750 paid in two installments before the end of 2013.

The new agreement also includes an increase in the safety shoe as well as hearing aid allowances, improvements to vision care benefit levels (now including optometry), adds a new statutory holiday to the list of recognized days-off (Friday of the Labour Day weekend) and eliminates a year-long lag between a members' anniversary year and when they receive additional vacation weeks.

Bill Perry, the union's Bargaining Committee Chairperson, said this new agreement includes important, and long-overdue, gains for members.

"We've taken a big step forward in our efforts to improve the standard of living for workers in our facility," Perry said.

"The membership was committed to this process, they were supportive of our committee, and that helped us negotiate this strong deal."

Beyond the wage and benefit gains, this new deal also improves funding to the CAW Paid Education Leave (PEL) program as well as funding to the CAW Social Justice Fund, said CAW National Representative Luis Domingues.
"This new agreement goes beyond pocket-book issues, and helps us continue to support membership development as well as social justice initiatives at home, and around the world," Domingues said.

CAW Local 2163 members voted 79 per cent in favour of the new deal at a ratification meeting held at the Ingersoll District Memorial Arena in Ingersoll, Ontario on May 26.

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