CHICAGO Members of the
Canadian Auto Workers union have agreed to new contracts at two
Ontario-based auto parts companies in recent days, ending
independent strikes at both locations.
Members of CAW Local 504 on
Friday voted 98 percent in favor of a new collective bargaining
agreement with auto parts maker Wescast Industries Inc., ending
a three-week strike at the companys Strathroy, Ontario,
operations. CAW Local 504 represents 65 workers at Wescast.
Workers at the plant, which
makes cast iron exhaust manifolds for passenger cars and light
trucks, had been on strike since Oct. 27.
"The agreement resists
concessions and extends a commitment on the life of the plant
for at least another year," according to Jerry Dias, assistant
to the CAW president. "In addition, the company has agreed to a
process that will hopefully transition the plant from iron to
stainless steel production."
The Brantford, Ontario-based
company posted net losses of Canadian $3.96 million ($3.97
million) and C$4.88 million ($4.89 million) for the third
quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30, respectively, despite
revenue that rose 7.6 percent and 6.5 percent year on year
during the periods.
Meanwhile, Wescast said the
expansion of its stainless steel exhaust parts facility in
Stratford, Ontario, is progressing well, with additional
programs continuing to launch. At the end of the third quarter,
Wescast had 80 parts in launch phase.
Separately, CAW members at the
Whitby, Ontario, operations of seating manufacturer Lear Corp.
ratified a new collective bargaining agreement after a two-day
strike also resulted in a brief shutdown of a General Motors of
Canada Ltd. plant in Oshawa, Ontario, where the company is
The union says it was successful
in resisting $20 million in concessions tabled by Southfield,
Mich.-based Lear and made gains in time off the job, retirement
incentives, lump-sum payments and skilled trades
The Lear seating contract also
positions the Whitby plant for future investment. The union
obtained a commitment from Lear whereby seats will be built at
Whitby for contracts acquired for any of GMs future
models. CAW Local 222 represents 400 workers at the plant.