CAW Wins Strike Bay Drops Merit Pay System

Toronto, Ontario

September 13, 2002

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CAW Wins Strike Bay Drops Merit Pay System
CAW Wins Strike Bay Drops Merit Pay System
dated September 13, 2002

September 9, 2002

       The 700 members of the Canadian Auto Workers employed by the Hudson Bay Company have won their fight against the company's demand that they accept merit pay instead of a basic wage rate increase.
       Tom Collins, assistant to CAW National President Buzz Hargrove announced the settlement Monday September 9th as the national union was meeting to plan a new strategy to get the company back to the bargaining table.

Tom Collins
Assistant to CAW National President

       "A few minutes ago the committee has agreed to unanimously recommend a new proposal that is going to be put to the membership tomorrow evening."
       "Under the circumstances of this dispute and the issues that are on the table, our membership can hold their heads high and know that the job that we set out to do which was to gain some ground with this company, that we have achieved that and the committee has achieved that and we will wait for the vote of the membership tomorrow."

       The members voted 97 per cent in favour of the new three year agreement which guarantees a two per cent raise in 2002, 1.5 per cent in 2003 and 1.8 per cent in 2004. The company dropped its plans to force a merit pay system on the workers, which was why thirty year employee Deanna Carter was on the picket line.

Deanna Carter
Local 1000

       "I'm just looking for the fairness of this to cut out this merit system which doesn't work. That's my main gripe, this merit system because I worked under it and it was a very unfair system."

       Buzz Hargrove, CAW National President said the goal now is to grow the union within the Hudson Bay Company.

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