CS Wind workers ratify CBA

Workers cited numerous workplace issues, including health and safety and unfair scheduling, as grounds for representation.

March 9, 2016   by PLANT Staff

WINDSOR, Ont. — Workers at CS Wind have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement with Iron Workers Local 721.

After a 3 year-long organizing effort facilitated by the Ontario Ironworkers District Council, roughly 330 workers ratified the agreement with CS Wind, a wind turbine tower manufacturer in Windsor, Ont.

Bargaining lasted just under one month.

Production workers at the company reached out to the Iron Workers Union in the summer of 2012 citing numerous workplace issues. Workers were seeking representation from the Iron Workers to address workplace health and safety issues; fix unfair scheduling of work; correct inequitable wages between employees performing the same work; and to obtain better wages.

Workers voted by a 4 to 1 margin to ratify the agreement.

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