Le Lézard
Classified in: Transportation, Business
Subjects: CON, LBR, AVO

Unifor secures closure agreements for Oshawa auto parts workers


TORONTO, Oct. 30, 2019 /CNW/ - Following months of difficult negotiations, Unifor finally secured Closure Agreements with Inteva Products, Lear Corporation Whitby, Auto Warehousing Canada (AWC), and Robinson Solutions.

"Unifor has repeatedly insisted that auto parts and service provider workers made significant contributions to the success of their employers and to General Motors. They deserved more than legislative minimum severance, and Unifor was successful in negotiating enhanced packages for our members," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "We allocated resources, developed a coordinated bargaining plan, and we had the strong commitment of our leadership and membership. That is why we were successful in getting fair Agreements for our members."

The Agreements were the last of 11 negotiated by Unifor at companies that will be significantly impacted by the discontinuation of vehicle assembly at GM Oshawa. The 11 Agreements cover more than 1,200 Unifor represented workers in the independent auto parts sector (IPS).

In November 2018, General Motors announced that Oshawa Assembly Plant would not allocate vehicle assembly past December 2019. Unifor warned the public and all levels of government that the closure of the General Motors assembly line in Oshawa would have substantial consequences for IPS workers in feeder plants and related service provider companies across the region.

Following the union's negotiations with GM for enhanced severance packages for Oshawa workers, the union engaged in bargaining for more than six months to secure fair closure and restructuring Agreements for its IPS members. Throughout the negotiations, Unifor maintained a firm position that legislated minimum was unacceptable.

"In the end, we successfully negotiated double the Employment Standards Act (ESA) minimum severance from the IPS employers," said Colin James, Unifor Local 222 President. "Without the extraordinary dedication and resiliency of IPS workers, reaching these deals would not have been possible. But to be clear, enhanced severance doesn't replace a good paying job. And knowing this, we will never give up on our efforts to advocate for bringing vehicle assembly back to Oshawa."

With the continued threat of jobs in Ontario moving south and overseas, Unifor continues to press political leaders at all levels of government for a much-needed National Automotive Strategy that protects workers in the automotive and parts supplier industries.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

SOURCE Unifor


These press releases may also interest you

15 jui 2020
The popular compact crossover SUV from Volkswagen called the "Tiguan" is now available at McMinnville Volkswagen and can be purchased or leased with several special offers. Shoppers need to qualify for these special offers, but qualified customers...

15 jui 2020
The Volkswagen Beetle may be one of the most well-known vehicles ever made, but the model was discontinued in 2019. Carter Volkswagen is doing their part to make it easy for fans of the Beetle or other drivers to purchase or lease a Beetle before...

15 jui 2020
CarLabs.ai, the leading AI-powered intelligent virtual agent solution provider in the automotive industry, welcomes new Vice President of Business Development, John Ruble. CarLabs' will benefit from Ruble's formidable AI business development track...

15 jui 2020
Corporación América Airports S.A. , ("CAAP" or the "Company") the largest private sector airport operator in the world by number of airports, reported today a 96.9% decline year-over-year passenger traffic in June 2020.   Passenger...

15 jui 2020
Since its introduction over 45 years ago, the Porsche 911 Turbo has balanced everyday usability with exhilarating performance. Following the recent introduction of the 2021 911 Turbo S, the 2021 911 Turbo Coupe and Cabriolet are now making their...

15 jui 2020
Air Lease Corporation ("ALC") announced today that Executive Chairman, Steven F. Udvar-Házy, will be speaking in the Farnborough International Airshow Connect 2020 (FIA Connect) session "Commercial aircraft: the next generation" at 4:00pm London /...



News published on 30 october 2019 at 10:44 and distributed by: