Local 444 has reached tentative agreements for approximately 650 members at four Windsor-Essex area auto parts suppliers. The agreements all follow the pattern of the deal first reached on March 3 with tire and wheel module manufacturer Avancez Assembly Canada.
“Achieving the pattern is a major victory for the bargaining committees,” said Local 444 President James Stewart. “These were difficult negotiations, but in the end we achieved consistent wages and benefits for all members.”
Members at HBPO Canada Inc. and Dakkota Integrated Systems took to picket lines for a one-day strike which quickly resulted in tentative agreements for the plants. A strike was avoided at ZF-TRW when a deal was reached shortly before the deadline.
All four manufacturing facilities supply parts for Chrysler’s Windsor Assembly Plant.
Ratification votes are scheduled to take place on March 8.