ArvinMeritor, Inc. announced today that a tentative agreement was not reached with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Local 1941 union bargaining committee at the Tilbury, Ont., Canada Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) facility, prior to the expiration of the contract which occurred at midnight. As a result, ArvinMeritor Canada has suspended operation at the facility until a collective agreement is ratified. “We have presented our fourth — and final — economic offer to the union bargaining committee, said Mark Parris, Tilbury’s site manager. “The CAW Local 1941 bargaining committee has been unwilling to agree to any of these proposals. Because the committee refuses to present the company’s final offer to its members, we plan to call on the Ministry of Labour in Ontario to conduct a secret ballot vote with our workforce in Tilbury so that employees will have an opportunity to determine the final outcome.” Ferro added, “During this time, we are focused on meeting our customers’ requirements and have contingency plans in place to deliver on that commitment.” ArvinMeritor will continue to supply commercial vehicle brakes and related components to customers from its facilities in Frankfort, Ky. and Manning, S.C.