Canadian Manufacturing

CAW, General Dynamics reach tentative deal, dodge strike

Details of proposal will remain under wraps until some 600 union members vote on it March 26

March 25, 2013  by The Canadian Press

LONDON, Ont.—Management and workers at one of London, Ont.,’s largest employers have reached an eleventh-hour tentative deal.

Negotiators with the Canadian Auto Workers union and General Dynamics came to an agreement just hours before the March 25 strike deadline.

Details of the proposal will remain under wraps until some 600 union members vote on it March 26.

General Dynamics employs nearly 2,400 people at the plant, and roughly a quarter of them are members of the CAW.

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The defence and aerospace builder recently received a $1.1-billion contract to upgrade a light armoured vehicle fleet for the Canadian Forces, as well as $200-million in contracts from the U.S. Marines.