September 21, 2009
Union approves wage freeze to keep jobs
Union autoworkers at Ingersoll, Ontario, said they approved a contract that freezes wages for almost four years but provides for extended job security.
Sixty-four percent of Canadian Auto Workers Local 88 approved the contract for the CAMI assembly plant that,
provides "¦ members with a degree of job security that most other autoworkers in North America can only dream of, CAW national President Ken Lewenza said.
Our members recognized the importance of long-term stability, and although no one wanted these contract changes, I believe stability is what we achieved with this new agreement, said Mike Van Boekel, Local 88 plant chairman.
The contract suspends cost-of-living adjustments until June 2012, the Star reported.
CAMI, a joint venture between General Motors Co. and Suzuki Motor Co., has scheduled a third shift to start at the plant in October. CAMI also plans to recall about 350 laid-off workers, the newspaper said.