Toronto, Ontario – Auto parts maker Lear Seating will reopen a plant in Ajax, Ontario that it closed in May 2009 and add new jobs to its plant in Kitchener, according to a report by the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW).

The CAW said it has reached new collective agreements with Lear Seating for the two plants.

The Ajax plant will reopen in October 2010, employing 250 people. Workers will start being recalled in February 2010, with all of the recalls completed by February 2011.

In Kitchener, the agreement that was set to expire in 2010 has been extended by a year, with 147 new jobs being added. Currently there are approximately 325 workers on layoff from the plant.

At other Lear facilities in Ontario, an agreement at Lear St. Thomas will be in effect until 2011, and a deal has not yet been reached for the Whitby plant. The CAW said its bargaining committee has made it a priority that Lear lives up to obligations to union members in Windsor who lost their jobs when that plant closed in June 2008.

In a separate report, the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) said that it has reached a tentative agreement for more than 700 union members at Lear’s facilities in Texas and Missouri. The two plants produce seats for General Motors.

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