Toronto, Ontario – Members of the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) Local 4451 have ratified a new three-year agreement with Cooper-Standard in Stratford, Ontario. The company makes weatherstripping for Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.

The new agreement provides stronger early retirement incentives and greater job security, and prohibits the company from moving existing work to another Cooper-Standard plant. It also includes investment and other commitments for future product.

Production workers voted 90 per cent in favour, and skilled trades voted 60 per cent. The CAW said that the company originally had demands for $8.00 per hour in wages and benefit concessions. The plant has 600 workers, with 200 currently on layoff.

“During these tough economic times, it’s imperative we negotiate improved job security wherever possible,” said Jerry Dias, assistant to the CAW president. “The bargaining committee has negotiated a major step forward on greater job security.”

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