Navistar International Corp. subsidiary International Truck and Engine Corp. announced yesterday it had reached a tentative agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) on a two-year contract deal, ending a six-week strike at its truck plant in southwestern Chatham, Ontario.
Details of the deal were not released pending today's ratification vote, but CAW spokeswoman Jane Armstrong said the union and the local have both recommended that their members accept the offer.
The new contract covers about 645 CAW-represented production and maintenance employees at the Chatham plant, where the company's attempts to use replacement workers during the strike produced a tense standoff between the truck maker and striking employees.
Negotiations towards a new labor agreement began on April 26. CAW went on strike on June 1.