New Deal For Workers At Flex N Gate Howard

Workers at Flex n Gate Howard have a new collective agreement.

The workers at the Howard Avenue facility voted 76 percent in favour of the three-year deal.

The deal includes a $1 raise for production workers, $1.90 for skilled trades and assemblers move up one step on the grid and get a raise between 0.50 & 0.65 cents.

Unifor Local 195 President John Toth says the deal also includes some improvements to benefits and pension plus a signing bonus.

"There is a signing bonus of $1500 that those people have the option of splitting that up," says Toth.  "If they want to make it a Christmas bonus or they have the option of rolling it into an RSP so they're not hit with the tax implications."   

Last weekend, the workers shot down the first tentative deal by 77%.

The 580 workers make auto parts primarily Ford and FCA.