Unifor Local 195 members have ratified a new contract with Motor City Chrysler, bringing a two-week strike to an end.
“The employees were looking to make gains. Many of them haven’t had raises in ten to twelve years, so that was a sticking point during bargaining,” said John Toth, President of Local 195. “Obviously, the proposals that were on the table before the strike began were not proposals our membership was willing to live with and it took a strike to get where they’re at.”
The new three-year agreement achieved wage hikes between 4.5 and 8 per cent according to classification, an increase to paramedical, improvements to the mechanics pension, and no concessions.
Contract negotiations broke off on January 16, after Motor City Chrysler repeatedly refused to remove concessions from its offer. Members began strike action on January 31 and a tentative contract was reached after two weeks of picketing. A ratification vote on the new collective agreement was held on February 15.
“There’s no way this agreement could have been reached without that strike,” said Toth. “I think it’s a fair agreement. It’s one that both sides can live with, which is what you’re always hoping to gain at the end of the day.”
Local 195 represents two bargaining units consisting of office sales, finance and clerical workers, and shop technicians and parts workers. Located in Windsor, Ontario Motor City Chrysler is the only fully unionized vehicle dealership in Canada.