Toronto, Ontario – Members of the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) working at General Motors have voted 86 per cent in favour of a new collective agreement. The members work at facilities in Oshawa, Windsor, St. Catharines and Woodstock, Ontario.
CAW president Ken Lewenza said the new deal should provide a sense of security to thousands of active members and tens of thousands of retirees at GM in Canada.
“This has been a grueling restructuring process, and no one has felt that more than our members and retirees,” Lewenza said. “Although we were forced to make a number of important sacrifices, the support we received from our members is proof that they recognize the incredible challenges the industry is facing, but more importantly that they are prepared to stand by each other and stand with their union.”
The deal includes cost-saving provisions affecting cash compensation, health benefits, other non-wage benefits, work practices and productivity improvements, as well as a comprehensive restructuring of the company’s pension plan. The union said the restructuring deal will help secure the company’s financial footing in Canada, and protect thousands of Canadian jobs in the face of possible bankruptcy protection filing by the automaker.