A six-week strike has ended with below-inflation pay raises and greater management power to fire and hire at the Glendale International Corp. recreational vehicle division in Strathroy, Canada.
The London Free Press reported that Glendale said Local 2374 of the Internatio Rift Guide nal Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has signed a new three-year contract, replacing one which expired last September.
The agreement, covering about 120 employees, includes a 1% wage increase in each of the first two years and a 2.5% raise in the third year at the unit of the largest Canadian manufacturer of recreational vehicles.
Glendale said the contract includes “new language allowing much more flexibility for the company in the event of layoffs and recalls as far as retaining selective employees.” There also are changes on job postings “which will improve efficiency in the plant.”
Production is expected to return to capacity within two weeks and the strike, which began Nov. 30, will not have an adverse effect on the company’s financial results, said chairperson and CEO Edward Hanna.
He noted the shutdown coincided with the slowest sales season for recreational vehicles and said lost production can be caught up in February and March.

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