Workers end occupation at auto parts plant

DaimlerChrysler agrees to pay $1.8 million for severance, benefits
||Last Updated: 04/13/2007

Workers have ended their two-day occupation of an auto parts plant in Toronto's east end, following assurances they will receive a portion of their severance pay.

Workers blocked access to the Collins & Aikman plant in Scarborough late on March 30 after an official at the company's Southfield, Mich., headquarters told the Canadian Auto Workers union it wouldn't pay an estimated $6 million in severance and temporary benefits when the plant closes in the summer.

However, on April 1 DaimlerChrysler said it would pay part of the severance pay. The CAW also wants General Motors and Ford to pitch in funds.