International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

December 21, 2009 06:00 ET

Sault Auto Dealers Lock Out Machinists at Christmas!

Attention: Assignment Editor, Automotive Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Transportation Editor SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2009) - Sault Ste. Marie, On - The Christmas GRINCH is alive and well and owns three auto dealerships in Sault Ste. Marie!

Superior Dodge Chrysler, Highland Ford and Prouse Motors have locked out 39 mechanics, paint shop workers, body men, parts department staff, apprentices, general helpers and clerical staff, members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2332, for refusing to sign a new collective agreement.

"These employers don't want to negotiate, they want to dictate," said IAMAW Directing Business Representative Rob Thompson. "Not only are they locking their workers out just before Christmas, but two of the dealerships have made improper contributions to their employee pension plans leaving a sizable shortfall for the pensions of 26 of the locked-out workers."

The employers are refusing to sign a new pension trust agreement which halts any new
contributions to employee pension plans. They are also demanding apprenticeship wages be maintained at 2005 levels.

The IAMAW also represents mechanics, body men, general helpers, and parts personnel at two other dealerships in the steel city.

IAMAW, among the largest industrial trade unions in North America, represents more than 700,000 active and retired members, and administers more than 5,000 contracts in transportation, woodworking, aerospace, manufacturing and defense related industries.

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/For further information: Rob Thompson – IAMAW Directing Business Representative
807-475-4779/807-628-4806
Bill Trbovich – IAMAW Director of Communications
416-386-1789 ext# 6331/416-735-9765
/ IN: AUTOMOTIVE, ECONOMY, LABOUR, MEDIA, TRANSPORT

Contact Information

  • Bill Trbovich, Director of Communications, IAMAW
    Primary Phone: 416-386-1789 ext. 6331
    Secondary Phone: 416-735-9765
    E-mail: btrbovich@iamaw.org