ABB New Deal- A Faint Hope For Future

Guelph, Ontario

July 26, 2004


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ABB New Deal- A Faint Hope For Future
ABB New Deal- A Faint Hope For Future
dated July 26, 2004

Hemi Mitic
Assistant to CAW National President

       "The vote was 194 yes, 18 no and one spoiled for a total of 91 per cent in favour. The agreement has been ratified."



Guelph, Ontario
July 25, 2004

       With that announcement the picket line was dismantled and the 270 members of CAW Local 541, who work at the ABB plant in Guelph, Ontario got ready to return to work. They had been locked out, after months of negotiations, by the company, which then announced the plant was being closed.
       Hemi Mitic, assistant to CAW national president Buzz Hargrove said there is now a faint hope that the company could change its mind.

Hemi Mitic
Assistant to CAW National President

       "What we focused on during our negotiations was to try and find a way to develop a program that would bring the plant back up to its total capacity. We think over the next four or five months that at least we have a fighting chance to keep it open."

       The details of both the closure agreement and the incentive program were laid out by CAW national rep Jim Robinson. Just prior to the vote Mitic urged the members to take ownership of their jobs at the plant to make the best of a bad situation.

Hemi Mitic
Assistant to CAW National President

       "We've pried open the doors. They are not completely closed so we still have a shot at it and I think if we all work together we can make a difference."

       The closure agreement includes a severance package, which is double what the provincial labour laws require. The incentive program is aimed at dealing with the company's productivity issues.

Hemi Mitic
Assistant to CAW National President

       "It gives our people the opportunity to make an additional five per cent in earnings, and secondly it should help improve the flow through of the factory to ensure that the production targets are met so that we can bring the plant back into profitability."

       The productivity gains will greatly improve the chances of ABB keeping the Guelph plant in operation after the December 31st closure deadline.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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