May 26, 2006

Oshawa, Ontario auto parts firm votes in favour of contract

Oshawa, Ontario – Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) members at AGS Automotive Systems in Oshawa, Ontario have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new three-year agreement. The workers had been involved in a wildcat strike which began last Friday. The plant provides bumpers for General Motors’ Oshawa truck assembly facility, and three facilities in the U.S.; no GM assembly operations were disrupted by the strike.

Production workers voted 92 per cent in favour at a ratification meeting, and skilled trades voted 97 per cent in support of the agreement, which increases wages by 10 cents per hour in the first and third year, a continuation of cost-of-living allowance, and gains in job security, including a guarantee of new work.

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