Kautex Textron Workers Have Ratified A New Three-Year Collective Agreement

Friday July 2nd, 2021

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Unifor Local 195 workers at Kautex Textron have ratified a new three-year collective agreement by 90%.  The 237 workers supply auto parts for the Ford Ranger, Chevy Equinox, Toyota RAV 4 and Lexus.

Highlights of the collective agreement include:

  •  Wage increases totalling 6.9% over the life of the agreement.
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan to $43.20 (was $41.50) times years of service.
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan, Employer contribution increased by 15%. Employee contribution $0.50 cents per hour for a new total of $2.76 per hour.
  • Retirement Incentives of $25,000.00.
  • Improvements to vision and paramedical mental health coverage .
  • Orthodontics to $3250.00.
  • Christmas Bonus in each year of the contract $470.00(net).
  • Performance Bonus payment of $2750.00 upon ratification.
  • Employees currently in the Progressive Wage Grid will be moved up by 2 years upon ratification. This move along with the across the board wage increases represents over a $6.00 per hour increase for all of these employees.
  • $2.50 per hour upfront increase to Skilled Trades upon ratification.
  • Enhancement to the Apprenticeship program with progressive wage starting at 80% of the trade’s wage and $1000 bonus upon completion of the Skilled Trades.
  • Wages in 2 years under the new contract will be $25.44 / hour for an operator.
  • Wages in 2 years under the new contract will be $36.43 / hour for a Skilled Trades.
  • The union also successfully negotiated new Equity language for the women’s advocate.

“Despite very tough economic conditions and public health restrictions, our bargaining committee negotiated a very strong agreement. This agreement is one of the best agreements we have bargained this year,” said Unifor local 195 President Emile Nabbout.

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