Natyshak questions National Auto Rad closure – Windsor Star

The closure of the National Auto Radiator plant in Windsor became political Thursday when Essex MPP Taras Natyshak raised it in the Ontario Legislative.
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The closure of the National Auto Radiator plant in Windsor became political Thursday when Essex MPP Taras Natyshak raised it in the Ontario Legislative.
“On Tuesday, 400 retirees of National Auto Rad in Windsor learned that they will lose their health and life insurance benefits,” the NDP member said during question period. “The reason is that the employer is filing for bankruptcy and has cleverly manipulated things so that all liquidated assets will be going to another company, a sister company owned by the same family that owns National Auto Rad.”
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Unionized workers and retirees represented by CAW Local 195 were informed of the closure and impending bankruptcy at a meeting Tuesday, said CAW national representative Mina Sarajcic.
All retirees and their spouses, about 400 people, have lost their benefits, as have the 17 workers who were still at the plant and another 33 on layoff, she said.
During negotiations with the CAW the company agreed to provide funding for limited drug coverage that it is hoped will assist the former workers and their families for 18 months, Sarajcic said.
No bankruptcy filing under the name National Auto Radiator had been recorded by the office of the federal Superintendent of Bankruptcy as of Thursday afternoon. Windsor lawyer George King, who has represented the company during negotiations with the CAW, did not return a call from the Star.
National Auto Rad is part of The Narmco Group of manufacturing plants. Calls to the Narmco executive office in Windsor were not returned Thursday.
“This is just one of many stories of employers exploiting loopholes in federal and provincial law to deny workers wages and benefits that they are rightfully owed,” Natyshak said in the legislature.
Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi responded that the matter sounded like one that had to be settled between National Auto Rad and the union. The Ministry of Labour will assist if asked, he said.
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