CAW Chrysler Ratify Restructuring Deal

April 28, 2009


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CAW Chrysler Ratify Restructuring Deal
CAW Chrysler Ratify Restructuring Deal
dated April 28, 2009


Windsor, Ontario
April 28, 2009

       CAW Chrysler Workers Ratify Restructuring By 87% In Brampton, Etobicoke and Windsor.


Rick LaPorte
President CAW Local 444

       "Your solidarity changed the tone of the outcome of our negotiations completely. These are very painful sacrifices on the part of our members. The original agreement with GM was reached on March 8th, but was rejected by both governments, Canadian and the U.S., who demanded we give further concessions or no loans to save the company. But let me make it clear the solidarity of this entire union has made a huge difference. There is no reduction in wages and no cuts in our pension."

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "We did our job. We made our sacrifices and we lived to fight for another day. But I would rather fight when we are working for $34 an hour, providing pensions of over $3,000 than let this employer liquidate and blame you, the workers. You did not cause this problem. We are victims of the global financial crisis.

Margaret Friend
Local 444 14 years

       "It's one that I can live with. We're going to survive and that is the bottom line I guess, surviving."

Mike Casey
CAW Local 444

       "In the last six months it has been pretty devastating. I never saw it so bad. I've been employed here for 35 years and I have been through some bad times, hard times, and this is about the hardest that I have seen."

Len Steel
CAW Local 444 Retiree

       "I have to commend Kenny and Stanford especially. They did a great job. And while I'm sort of sad about what's going on, I'm really quite happy with the end result."

Jim Stanford
CAW Economist

       "Chrysler has committed not to request any more negotiations even if it ends up in CCAA. And the government has committed that the Canadian plants, Brampton, Windsor and Etobicoke will all be part of the new company under Chapter 11. That means our Canadian jobs will be protected. So don't panic if you see in the paper one morning that Chrysler has gone into bankruptcy protection. It doesn't mean that Chrysler is bankrupt. It means they are going to go through this 3-6-3 process and thanks to the work of you union and the solidarity of our members we're sure that we will come out of that 3-6-3 process with the Canadian plants still functioning

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       So as a union, even with all the criticism, our ideal is to maintain good wages and benefits for our members and raise up those that want the same wages and benefits as us, not drop ours down to their levels."

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