CAW, Diageo join forces

Union and management work to win investment
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2011

THE DIAGEO CANADA agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) ratified this month exemplifies the way unions and employers can work together for a common goal when the need arises.

The Amherstburg, Ont. plant is getting long in the tooth and needs investment to remain efficient. In order to help local management obtain it, the union has agreed to a no-increase contract for three years. As well, measures were introduced for greater flexibility in work methods. For example, a team concept is being introduced on the bottling line. Employees will receive up to $1,700 in lump sums over the term instead of wage increases.

Continued local resistance to the Framework of Fairness at Magna’s Integram Windsor Seating in Windsor, Ont. has resulted in the adoption of the dispute-resolution mechanism being delayed even further. It was to have been in place by the end of the expired contract, but will now be implemented only if Magna insists.