CANADIAN AUTO WORKERS OCCUPY AUTO PARTS FACTORY TO STOP SHIPMENT OF JOBS TO MEXICO


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April 15, 1999

CANADIAN AUTO WORKERS OCCUPY AUTO PARTS FACTORY
TO STOP SHIPMENT OF JOBS TO MEXICO

(TORONTO)----Members of the Canadian Auto Workers union, Local 1325 occupied at 5:30 a.m. today the Stratford Canadian Fabrication plant ( a division of Johnson Controls) which supplies seat covers to Chrysler's Bramalea plants.

The workers, 80 per cent of whom are women, are angry that their jobs are leaving for Mexico. Last January, the workers ratified a modest three year agreement with no wage increases but the contract had improved pension language that encouraged early retirement in an effort to keep younger workers employed and return to work some of the 250 workers currently on layoff. Johnson Controls has refused to bring back laid off workers and instead is transferring work to its Ediassa Plant in Juarez, Mexico.

Johnson Controls made a profit of $178 million over the last six months-a 51 percent increase over the same period a year ago.

The workforce of 600 with an average age between 40 and 45, makes seat covers for the Chrysler Bramalea operations which assemble the Intrepid and LH model cars. Approximately 4,700 workers, also members of the CAW work at the Bamalea facility.

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Contact: Jane Armstrong or John McClyment, CAW Communications, cell phones, (416) 409-0106 or (416) 315-3202



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