Canadian Manufacturing

Unifor says it has mandate to strike at Lear Ajax plant

Lear Ajax is a just-in-time seating supplier for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Brampton Assembly plant near Toronto

April 24, 2018  by Canadian Manufacturing.com Staff

AJAX, Ont.—Unifor members at Lear Ajax delivered an overwhelming 99 per cent strike mandate, putting the union and its 320 workers in a legal strike position as of April 28.

“This vote sends a strong message of solidarity and support for our bargaining agenda” said Shane Wark, Assistant to the Unifor National President. “We are determined to negotiate a fair deal for our members who have given their bargaining committee full backing to proceed to strike action if needed.”

The workers, represented by Unifor Local 222, voted on April 22 in favour of strike action. Lear Ajax is a just-in-time seating supplier for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Brampton Assembly plant.

“Unifor is seeking to eliminate the current pay disparity in the seat manufacturing sector,” said Unifor Local President Colin James. “It’s our hope that a strike can be avoided, but the clock is running out for the employer to come to the table with a fair offer.”

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Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.