CAW Shop Floor Leadership Endorse Tentative Agreement with Chrysler

September 28, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

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CAW shop floor leadership from Chrysler workplaces in Windsor, Brampton and Etobicoke unanimously endorsed a new four-year collective agreement at a meeting held earlier today in Toronto.

The tentative deal, announced on September 26, follows the pattern agreement established at Ford, and mirrored at General Motors. It rejects permanent two-tier wages, provides cost of living lump sum payments as well as job security provisions, among other gains.

CAW President Ken Lewenza said the strong endorsement of the deal is recognition of the master bargaining committee's hard work in recent weeks.

"Our committee has worked 'round the clock to win a deal that maintains the pattern set at Ford, against the stiffest of odds," Lewenza said.

CAW members at Chrysler facilities are scheduled to vote on the tentative agreement at ratification meetings on Saturday September 29 and Sunday September 30.

The ratification meeting schedule is as follows:

Saturday, September 29

CAW Local 195
Time: 7 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Location: CAW Local 195 Hall, 3400 Somme Avenue, Windsor;

CAW Local 1459
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Oasis Convention Centre, Rooms A & B, 1036 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga.

Sunday, September 30

CAW Local 444
Time: 9:30 a.m. (production followed by skilled trades)
Location: Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor;

CAW Local 1498
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: CAW Local 444 Hall, 1855 Turner Road, Windsor;

CAW Local 1285
Time: 9 a.m. (office unit),
Location: CAW Local 1285 Hall, 23 Regan Road, Brampton;

CAW Local 1285
Time: 12 p.m. (skilled trades), 2 p.m. (production)
Location: International Centre, Hall 4A, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

Media are welcome to attend.

Contract ratification results will be released on Sunday, September 30 in the early evening (approximately 7 p.m.), once all votes have been cast and tallied.

The CAW will send out the overall results in a Canada News Wire media advisory.


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