New contract for JCI workers heads off potential strike in Ontario

David Barkholz
AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

Published: August 25, 2014 3:17 pm ET
Updated: August 25, 2014 3:21 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Automotive, Injection Molding, Canada
Companies & Associations Johnson Controls Inc.

About 300 unionized workers at a Johnson Controls Inc. interiors plant in Ontario ratified a new three-year contract, heading off a potential strike at the factory and work stoppage at General Motors Co.’ Oshawa assembly complex.

The workers at JCI’s Whitby, Ontario, plant on Sunday ratified the contract, according to Unifor, the Canadian labor union that rolled together the Canadian Auto Workers with other labor unions a year ago.

The contract keeps the interior trim plant open and provides a $1,500 signing bonus with no wage concessions, the union said in a statement.

“This deal shows what can happen when workers stand together and think creatively about keeping good jobs in their community," Unifor President Jerry Dias said in the statement.

In a fiery Detroit speech in June to the UAW Constitution Convention, Dias said the union would strike at Whitby if JCI tried to go ahead with plans to close the plant.

Dias said a strike at Whitby would cripple production at GM’s Oshawa manufacturing hub. The company has two assembly lines there that produce two generations of Chevrolet Impala sedans, the Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS sedans, the Chevrolet Equinox crossover and the Chevrolet Camaro sports car.

Dias started meeting with JCI and GM executives about the plant shortly after the speech. The previous three-year contract expired Aug. 21.

Under a contract that just expired, Whitby workers made concessions in return for a JCI commitment that the plant would remain open beyond the three-year pact, Dias told UAW delegates.


Comments

New contract for JCI workers heads off potential strike in Ontario

David Barkholz
AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

Published: August 25, 2014 3:17 pm ET
Updated: August 25, 2014 3:21 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Small is beautiful in Nissei's newest press

November 21, 2014 2:14 pm ET

Responding to customer demand for flexibility, Japanese plastics-equipment manufacturer Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. Ltd. is demoing a caster-...    More

Image

Three advancements have driven injection molding technology

November 21, 2014 6:00 am ET

Injection molding technology has made major advances in the last 25 years, from largely a world of shoot-and-ship to doing as much as possible at the ...    More

Image

Need for skilled workers is unchanged, but method of finding them has

November 21, 2014 6:00 am ET

It's in the news nearly every day now: “How can manufacturing solve the skilled worker shortage? We need to get young people interested in...    More

Image

Netstal, Electra Form team up for PET preform partnership

November 20, 2014 3:15 pm ET

The Netstal division of Krauss-Maffei Corp. is teaming up with Electra Form Industries in a partnership to offer PET preform machines and molds as a...    More

Image

High pressure RTM systems moving from Europe to Mexico

November 20, 2014 4:24 pm ET

Engel Holding GmbH's subsidiary in Mexico says it has sold the first high pressure resin transfer machine system (HP-RTM) in the Americas to a Mexican...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events