Toronto, Ontario – Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) members at three Magna auto parts plants in Ontario have ratified a new three-year agreement under the Framework of Fairness Master Agreement.
The Framework of Fairness, negotiated between the union and the manufacturer in 2007, established an innovative labour relations structure that includes a multi-faceted dispute settlement process and final-offer arbitration instead of work stoppage to settle contract disputes.
Workers at the plants, in Windsor, London and Mississauga, voted 83 per cent in support of the “no concessions” agreement, which includes cost of living adjustments, 75 cents per hour up front for Windsor Modules workers, and signing bonuses for Mississauga Seating and Qualtech Seating in London. The contract also covers overtime, time off the job, skilled trades contracting out and job security gains.
“Since the Enough is Enough campaign, we’ve ratified agreements with our two largest auto parts suppliers, Magna and Martinrea,” said Jerry Dias, assistant to the CAW national president. “With both companies, not only do the agreements have no concessions, they have strong job security commitments for present and future work. We also made some gains for these members in very difficult times. If the largest auto parts suppliers are agreeing to lock in future work and gains for our members, it sets an important precedent. There’s no reason other suppliers cannot follow suit.”
The union’s Enough is Enough campaign called for an end to employer takeaway demands in the auto parts sector.
In November, the CAW also bargained a new two-year agreement for Magna Integram in Windsor, Ontario.