Canadian Ford Workers Approve New Deal

September 23, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

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CAW members at Ford have approved a new collective agreement by 82 per cent.  Voting took place at a series of ratification meetings Saturday and Sunday in Hamilton, Windsor and Brampton, Ontario.

The agreement with Ford was the first deal established at the Detroit Three companies and serves as a model for pattern bargaining with General Motors and Chrysler.

"Our members at Ford recognize that in these uncertain economic times, some of the most important elements of a new collective agreement are future investment and improved job security," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. "This new agreement will ensure that our facilities are well-positioned for a strong future in the North American auto industry."

The CAW reached an agreement with Ford on September 17 and General Motors on September 20, 2012. The union has yet to reach an agreement with Chrysler but will continue talks with the hope of reaching a new deal this week.

Below is the breakdown by classification:
Production - 81 per cent
Skilled Trades - 87 per cent
Office - 100 per cent

Ratification meetings are scheduled for CAW members at Wednesday and Thursday for General Motors.  The CAW represents 21,000 workers at the Detroit Three auto companies, including 4,500 at Ford.

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