Integram Votes to Join CAW

Maidstone, Ontario

October 28, 1999


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Integram Votes To Join CAW
Integram Votes To Join CAW
dated October 28, 1999

The workers at Magna's Integram Plant in Maidstone, near Windsor, Ontario, have voted 317 to 285 in favour of joining the Canadian Auto Workers union.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President






"The Magna workers today deserve an incredible amount of credit for having the courage to stand out against one of the largest corporations in the world; who put on an incredible campaign to try and stop them from exercising their democratic rights. There is no question that this reflects the true wishes of the majority of Magna workers, and I believe the vote would even been higher, had Magna stayed out of the campaign."


But before the Integram unit can be certified, the Ontario Labour Relations Board must rule on the eligibility of another 54 votes that were challenged. The union says those votes should not be counted as those individuals perform jobs not traditionally included in the bargaining unit.
Hargrove said the union's decision to make Magna an issue in the Daimler Chrysler bargaining played a key role in the outcome of the vote.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"I think people saw the courage of our negotiators. They saw Ken Lewenza, the president of the Local 444, standing up for them. They saw us in our bargaining, standing up for their rights, their democratic rights to have a card check. And they finally said, in the majority, that we want the union. That took a lot of courage, given the level of pressure applied by the management in Magna."

In accordance with the recent CAW- DaimlerChrysler contract, DaimlerChrysler sent Magna a letter at the request of the union. That letter, which the union distributed to every Integram worker, countered Magna's threat of job losses if you vote for a union.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"Chrysler's letter clearly said voting for a union doesn't at all interfere with your job if it's related to the work you do for Chrysler. So that was very helpful as well. So what we've negotiated here turned out to be very important as well."





With less than two hours to go before voting at the plant closed, Magna charged CAW president Buzz Hargrove, assistant to the president Sam Gindin, and CAW Local 444 president Ken Lewenza with intimidating the workers through press statements into supporting the union.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"Here's a company that was arguing publicly, that they simply wanted to defend the workers' democratic rights to a vote as opposed to a card check, which is more democratic. But I think the real face of Magna is the fact that they are now asking the board to throw out the vote that we have won, based on some frivolous charges."

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