October 16, 2006
Strike ends at Ford seat supplier
St. Thomas, Ontario – Members of the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) Local 2168 at Lear Seating in St. Thomas, Ontario have voted in favour of a new contract, bringing an end to a six-day strike. The facility makes seats for Ford’s St. Thomas assembly plant.
Members voted 85 per cent in favour of the deal, which provides enhanced severance and improved pension benefits, a 25-cent wage increase in each year of the deal and full cost of living allowance protection. Another key issue was the need for funding to establish an adjustment committee to help workers deal with the possibility of a lost shift, if Ford moves ahead with an announced plan to cut back one shift at its St. Thomas plant in April 2007.