Electro-Motive could signal new bargaining era: Experts

Company lockout might provide example for other manufacturers to follow
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/15/2012

The union representing locked out workers at Electro-Motive in London, Ont., is accusing the firm’s parent company, Caterpillar, of attempting to impose a contract while turning back gains in collective bargaining in Canada.

But some employment lawyers say the dispute may simply be a signal the days of highly paid manufacturing jobs are over.

More than 400 workers were locked out New Year’s Day after the company issued a final offer that would see wages cut from $35 an hour to $16.50 an hour, with no cost-of-living adjustment and a new co-payment for health insurance.