November 21, 2007

CAW auto parts leadership votes in support of CAW/Magna Framework of Fairness agreement

Toronto, Ontario – Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) shop floor leadership from independent automotive parts plants across Ontario have voted overwhelmingly in support of the Framework of Fairness Agreement between the union and auto parts maker Magna. More than 300 of approximately 325 elected in-plant shop floor leaders voted in support of welcoming all Magna workers into the CAW under the agreement.

CAW president Buzz Hargrove said the Framework of Fairness Agreement provides the opportunity for Magna workers at all locations to join the CAW at a critical time for auto assembly, auto parts and other manufacturing sector workers. “This is about the future of thousands of unorganized parts workers at Magna having an opportunity to vote for a union without interference from management,” he said.

Earlier this month, more than 250 workers at Windsor Modules, a division of Magna, voted to join the CAW under the agreement, as well as approving their first CAW negotiated collective agreement. The plant is the first of more than 40 in the Magna system to vote to join the union under the new agreement.

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