DETROIT -- The new peace treaty between supplier Magna International Inc. and the Canadian Auto Workers today yielded its first organizing victory for the union.
The CAW said the 250 hourly workers at Magna International Inc.s door components plant in Windsor, Ont., voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the union. The plant is the first to join the CAW since Magna and the CAW announced they reached a Framework of Fairness agreement in October.
Magna said the union would be allowed to organize 43 Canadian plants with 18,000 workers in exchange for a no-strike pledge and maintenance of a culture that pays workers based on financial and operational performance.
With the vote, Magna and the CAW agreed to a new contract at the plant. Workers at the Windsor plant will get an immediate $3 an hour (Canadian) raise along with several union benefits and job security agreements.
We are very satisfied with the results and we look forward to working with the CAW under this new labor model, Jim Komar, general manager of Windsor Modules, said in a statement. The strong vote in the plant indicates that our employees are committed to ensuring our competitiveness in this global marketplace.
Based in Aurora, Ontario, Magna ranks No. 4 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide original-equipment automotive parts sales of $23.88 billion in 2006.
Robert Sherefkin contributed to this report