CAW Magna Strategy Positions Union For Bargaining

October 26, 2007


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CAW Magna Strategy Positions Union For Bargaining
CAW Magna Strategy Positions Union For Bargaining
dated October 26, 2007

Aurora, Ontario
October 15, 2007

       On October 15, 2007 in Aurora, Ontario, the Canadian Auto Workers union and Magna Corporation signed a "Framework of Fairness agreement which opened up Magna auto parts plants to CAW organizing. It also included third party arbitration rather than plant lock-outs and strikes to settle contract disputes.

Windsor, Ontario
October 26, 2007

       In a speech in Windsor, Ontario on October 26, CAW National President Buzz Hargrove said the Magna deal positions the union to fight the effects of the UAW agreement with Chrysler and GM, which included shifting the costs of retiree benefits to the union and two-tier wage structures.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "So I believe our parts and assembly, our office workers will better positioned to fight if we have a Canadian model."

       Hargrove said when CAW signs a contract with Magna plants, that will help the union combat the Big Three and other companies who will try to use the UAW agreement against the CAW.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "If we can look across the table and say to them "we've signed an agreement this year with the largest employer of auto workers in Canada; no different than General Motors, out there in the same competitive market. Out there fighting like hell to get work, that has no two tiered wage system; that has wage increases in every year of the three year collective agreement, has pension improvements, time off the job, healthcare, has all those issues in there. Now somebody tell me that that won't better position us to defend the rights and move ahead on behalf of our members, their families and retirees in bargaining in 2008."

       Hargrove went on to stress that he was not attacking the UAW and their agreement.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "I'm attacking the very idea that workers and retirees are being forced to take the hit while the U.S. government gets off Scot-free."

       "I am attacking the idea that corporations can destroy tens of thousands of US and Canadian workers jobs while moving their investment off shore; using the money they made in North America to invest in the developing world at the expense of our jobs and our standard of living."


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