Contract Ratified at Flex-N-Gate in Tecumseh

Workers at the Flex-N-Gate plant in Tecumseh have voted 64% in favour of a new three-year-deal.

Close to 150 workers at the plant will see modest gains in salary, according to Unifor Local 195 Vice-President Emile Nabbout.

Nabbout didn't get into details, but after taking concessions during lean-years, he believes the new contract is a move in the right direction.

"We made pretty good improvements on the wage, not a significant increase but at least they got an increase. They took care of a very significant issue with sick days and emergency leave day's so we have some solid gains there, a pension increase, vacation pay increased," he says.

The Tecumseh plant makes auto parts, mainly for Fiat Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant.

Nabbout says with Canada's auto industry "in crisis" a letter of commitment was also part of the agreement.

"Not 100% there but at least there's a commitment from the company to look for additional business to bring to Flex-N-Gate Canada," he says.

Workers voted 97% in favour of a strike mandate if a deal wasn't reached by April 28.