CAMI Ratifies Early Agreement

June 3, 2007


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CAMI Ratifies Early Agreement
CAMI Ratifies Early Agreement
dated June 3, 2007

London, Ontario
June 3, 2007

       The 2,280 CAW members who work at the CAMI Automotive plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, have ratified a new three-year collective agreement, three months before their old contract expired.
       At a ratification meeting in nearby London, production workers voted 78.3% in favour of the contract while the skilled trades voted 73.8% for the deal. Over the life of the contract, wage increases - including cost of living - will be $2.71 an hour for production workers and $3.12 an hour for skilled trades. CAW national rep. John Scanlan praised the bargaining committee for resisting demands from the company for major concessions in health care and pensions.

John Scanlan
CAW National Rep.

       "This is the best contract that the local bargaining committee could propose to the membership under these difficult conditions not only in this sector but in the industry as a whole. The hot issues were health care costs. The company worked very hard to try to convince the committee to reduce the health care costs and... they were unsuccessful in doing that."
       Plant chairperson Mike Van Boekel told the Local 88 membership meeting that this was a tough round of bargaining.

Mike Van Boekel
Local 88 Plant Chair

       "We took some gains but we also took some hits and they are going to be pointed out. Paragraph four "Teams." We have kept our team concept which is nothing new for us - we have been doing it since we started. But it is the major corner stone and the backbone for product allocation at all plants. We are already there and with most of these work rules we are probably 75% of the way there but there are some changes."
       The current agreement with CAMI doesn't expire until September 17. Scanlan said the committee decided to negotiate three months early in order to overcome some pending problems, including the rising Canadian dollar and to win a new product for the Ingersoll plant.

John Scanlan
CAW National Rep.

       "At the time we agreed to go early we were watching the Canadian dollar. We knew that the UAW was preparing to negotiate in the U.S. with GM and GM is a major partner with the Japanese Suzuki in this location. That was one of the major reasons why we agreed to go early and hopefully position ourselves with the product. The GM strategy board planned to announce this new product over the next month or so."
       Following the vote, Van Boekel said the auto assembly plant is now in a position to get a new product for Ingersoll.

Mike Van Boekel
Local 88 Plant Chair

       "Well hopefully it means at least to start off with, at least three more years of work obviously. It means I have a job to do now to get the people in Detroit to get us a new vehicle right away."

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