AGS Automotive workers ratify new contract after strike

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Unifor members at A.G Simpson Automotive Inc. in Oshawa, Ont. ratified a new collective agreement after a two-day strike. The three-year contract includes substantial wage increases, along with health care benefit improvements and enhancements to the pension programs.

“Congratulations to the dedicated bargaining committee for securing this contract”, said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “At a time when workers are rising up and demanding better, this agreement shows us what is possible when workers stand together.”

In addition to these highlights, the contract also strengthens seniority language, increases holiday time, and provides annual cost of living lump sum payments.

“There’s a lot of attention being paid to Detroit 3 bargaining right now, and for good reason, but I’m really proud of what we were able to accomplish with an independent auto supplier. These are big gains that set a standard for the future,” said Jeff Gray, President of Unifor Local 222.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad and strives to create progressive change for a better future.