CAW-Chrysler Talks Hit Roadblock, Negotiations Ongoing
March 27, 2009, 2:06 PM EST
Talks with Chrysler have broken down after the company turned down both the pattern agreement established with General Motors as well as other cost-savings specific to Chrysler.
CAW President Ken Lewenza said at a Friday, March 27 press conference that several times during the bargaining process Chrysler changed the criteria for reaching a new deal, twice when it was believed a tentative agreement had been within reach.
"Chrysler kept moving the goal posts whenever we got close - if this hadn't happened, we would be announcing a tentative agreement by now," said Lewenza.
Lewenza reaffirmed the union's commitment to reaching a new agreement that would trim costs, as part of the company's restructuring plan to be submitted to the federal and Ontario provincial government.
"We are committed to reaching a new agreement before the March 31 deadline so that Chrysler and the Canadian facilities will qualify for government support," said Lewenza.
Discussions between the CAW and Chrysler will continue until March 31. Local union leaders and workplace representatives across the Chrysler system met in Toronto this afternoon for a briefing on the bargaining process and there will be membership meetings in Windsor, Etobicoke and Brampton over the weekend.