CAMI Ratifies Contract Securing New Product in 2014

September 20, 2009


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CAMI Ratifies Contract Securing New Product in 2014
CAMI Ratifies Contract Securing New Product in 2014
dated September 20, 2009


Ingersoll, Ontario
September 20, 2009
      

Ingersoll, Ontario
September 20, 2009


Mike Van Boekel
Chairperson, CAW Local 88

       "Our plant is booming. The third shift is recalled, mandatory Saturdays, and the damn GM salaried people are getting their money back. Why the hell would we start bargaining right now? You elected me, you elected this group to lead this membership to make decision that would best position our plant to keep our jobs and our families secure. We could have walked away. Some of you sitting here would agree with that. Then what? GM is shutting half of their plants and we are being offered product"


Jim Stanford
CAW Economist

       "The government has said already that the tentative agreement that was reached by your committee last week meets the conditions. So they are going to approve the footprint at CAMI going forward. And what we get in return, CAMI commits to the next generation; compact crossover vehicle to replace the current production that has just started at CAMI and production of this new generation will begin in 2014. We've protected every dollar and we have re-enforced the funding to the pension plans, most core benefits were preserved and the most important aspect is the footprint commitment."


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       These are tough decisions that we make but your bargaining committee led by Mike, led by Dan, led by your elected committee worked incredibly hard to preserve that lag. You bargaining committee worked incredibly hard to make sure that the last year of three year collective agreement was intact on the core issues that are important to our members. You bargaining committee made sure that the three years following that provided us some opportunities of future investment and future product line."

Dan
CAW Local 88

       "It is easy to go with your gut feeling and just simply say "NO!" or look at the long term and say well hopefully things will get better and we will get our junior workers a chance and an opportunity to make it better for them as well."


Anne MacMeekin
Bargaining Committee

       "Our company CAMI is quite viable and is very productive and is running overtime right now. So, as a stand alone company, we are doing quite well but we do understand that job security is about a larger group than just us."

Frank Lindsey
CAW Local 88

       " I think the product allocation to our plant, although it is never guaranteed, the fact that they are willing to even say that it is there is better than them not saying."

VOTE
Results

       Production 61% Yes. Skilled Trades 88.5% Yes


Mike Van Boekel
Chairperson, CAW Local 88

       "It was an extremely tough meeting. I was very happy to see the vote go through but happy in a sense of relief that the long term stability of our plant has been addressed. I guess more than anything that is the biggest factor of this whole meeting."

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