November 9, 2007
First group of Magna workers join CAW under Framework of Fairness
Windsor, Ontario – More than 250 workers at Windsor Modules, a division of Magna, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a first collective agreement negotiated by the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) and to join the union under the Framework of Fairness agreement (FFA) agreed to earlier by the CAW and Magna.
The three-year agreement, ratified by over 87 per cent, includes an immediate $3 per hour wage increase for production workers with annual improvements, a skilled trades program, layoff and job security protections, a women’s advocate, paid education leave and inter-plant transfer language, all of which are new benefits to Magna workers under the agreement.
The Windsor Module plant is the first of over 40 plants in the Magna system that has voted to adopt the FFA. The new collective agreement will be the template to be taken to other Magna divisions. The CAW says it will move to establish a country-wide Magna local union to welcome these and other Magna workers as they join the CAW.
Workers at the Windsor plant produce door components for the Chrysler minivan plant in Windsor and a Chrysler assembly plant in St. Louis, Missouri.