CAW, Lear Whitby reach tentative agreement

400 employees are back to work after two-day strike.

October 30, 2012   by PLANT STAFF

WHITBY, ON—The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union has reached a tentative agreement with Lear Whitby, ending a two-day long strike.

The strike shut down General Motors’ Oshawa operations earlier today.

The union had accused Lear of demanding deep concessions that would impact 400 workers as well as retirees while the company is making significant profits.

Workers had voted 97% in favour of striking last week.


Lear, based in Southfield, Mich., has 207 locations in 35 countries and has approximately 100,000 employees.

Negotiations began in early August, but were suspended when labour contract talks with the Detroit Three took precedent. Talks between the CAW and Lear Whitby resumed earlier this month.

Ratification is scheduled for this weekend, when details of a new contract will be released.

CAW Local 222 represents 400 workers at Lear Whitby.

Workers continue to strike at Wescast in Strathroy, Ont. over a sourcing decision by General Motors (GM) to move work done at the facility to China. CAW represents 75 workers at the plant outside London, Ont.

The union says Wescast has tried to force a contract that didn’t secure work or jobs and has demonstrated a “serious lack of commitment to labour relations.”

The final offer was rejected by 60% of the membership.

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