CAW ratifies agreement at Wescast exhaust plant

Agreement extends company’s commitment to keep the plant open for at least another year.

November 19, 2012   by PLANT STAFF with files from The Canadian Press

BRANTFORD, Ont.—A three-week long strike by unionized workers at a Wescast Industries Inc. machining plant is over.

Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Local 504 members voted 98% in favour of a new collective agreement with the auto parts maker over the weekend. CAW represents 65 workers at the plant, which manufacturers exhaust manifolds for General Motors.

The new agreement resists concessions and extends a commitment to keep the plant open for at least another year, said Jerry Dias, assistant to CAW president Ken Lewenza.

“In addition, the company has agreed to a process that will hopefully transition the plant from iron to stainless steel production,” he said.

It also includes a number of other important gains, including an increase in the severance entitlement to 2.4 weeks per year of service for any permanent layoff.

Wescast said Friday that no customers orders were disrupted by the work stoppage.

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