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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.
Workers picket outside the Navistar parts distribution centre in Hamilton on Friday. (Supplied by Scott Keith)

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.

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