Cambridge, Ontario – Members of the United Steelworkers Union (USW) at an Ontario auto parts plant have ratified a new three-year agreement that the union said will help to preserve jobs in the struggling sector.

The agreement is with Tenneco Canada’s Walker Exhaust facility in Cambridge, Ontario. Headquartered in Illinois, Tenneco is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of emission control and ride control products.

“This is an agreement that provides stability in a sector that is under attack during this economic crisis,” said Wayne Fraser, USW Ontario/Atlantic director. “Our union has shown that unions and companies can work toward commitments that preserve jobs and benefits.”

The agreement will end in 2012 with pension and wage increases, and includes an increase in early retirement allowance, improvements to overtime hour banking, and an increase in severance pay.

“This is a long-time employer in the Cambridge area,” said Mary Simms, USW staff representative. “We intend to keep it that way for many years to come.”

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