Striking Unifor workers reach deal with Navistar
After two weeks on strike, Unifor union workers appear to have reached a deal with automotive parts distributor Navistar.
Navistar moved from Burlington to Hamilton earlier this year, but was working on an 18-month extension of their previous deal from 2012, but talks between Unifor Local 504 and management broke down at the end of September. Some 30 workers walked out on a possible three-tier pay system which would slot new workers doing the same job at a lower pay scale.
In announcing that a deal had been reached, Unifor did not give details of the terms. Local 504 president Dave Reston, however, said, "These workers, young and old, have stood together for a better deal."
Previously, an employee of Navistar said the striking materials handlers were being paid on a two-tier scale, with most senior employees being paid a maximum of $25 per hour, and second-tier workers being paid roughly $2 less.
Unifor represents more than 305,000 workers, and was a combination of the Canadian Auto Workers union with Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union.