CAW Local 1917 Members Ratify New Agreement at Hitachi Truck

April 28, 2010, 2:40 PM EST


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CAW Local 1917 members who work at Hitachi Truck in Guelph, Ontario have overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year collective agreement which rejects concession demands and instead ensures wage, benefit and pension gains.

Workers at the truck maker voted 88 per cent in favour of the tentative agreement on April 25.

Despite company demands for concessions and a tough bargaining environment, the membership supported the work of the bargaining committee in negotiating the new agreement, said Robin Dudley, bargaining committee chairperson and CAW Local 1917 president.

There are wage increases of one per cent in year two and 1.5 per cent in year three of the agreement as well as an increase in the Defined Benefit Pension Plan. There were also gains in vision benefits and other areas. Recall rights were also extended for laid off members.

"This is a good three-year collective agreement considering the tough bargaining environment and a global economy that has hammered manufacturing in Canada including the auto sector," said Dudley.

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