TORONTO (Reuters) -- The Canadian Auto Workers union said today its members voted in favor of new labor agreements with bankrupt auto parts supplier Lear Corp. in Kitchener and Ajax, both in Ontario.
The union said the deals at the plants, which are run by Lear's seating unit and build parts for General Motors and Chrysler vehicles, would mean new jobs in both communities.
In Ajax, where the Lear plant closed down in May, 83 percent of workers voted for the deal, which paves the way for the plant to reopen in October 2010 and employ 250 people. The company will begin to recall workers in February and complete the recalls by February 2011, the CAW said.
"Hundreds of people who lost their jobs will be able to return -- it's an amazing success story," said Jerry Dias, assistant to CAW President Ken Lewenza.
In Kitchener, 88 percent of union members voted for approval. The deal, which extends the workers' current agreement by a year to 2011, adds 147 new jobs to about 180 people working there now. Currently there are about 325 people laid off from the plant.
The CAW said Lear's Whitby, Ontario, plant is still without a deal.
A spokesman for Lear said the company had no comment.