Ford Workers Ratify New Restructuring Agreement

October 30, 2009


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Ford Workers Ratify New Restructuring Agreement

Ford Workers Ratify New Restructuring Agreement
dated October 30, 2009

Toronto, Ontario
October 30, 2009
      

Toronto, Ontario
October 30, 2009



Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "I'm here today to announce that the CAW has reached a tentative agreement on a new collective agreement with Ford of Canada. The agreement will find most of the same master economic changes at Ford that we negotiated this year at General Motors and Chrysler. So we have preserved the integrity of the pattern bargaining system. Ford was aggressive especially on the footprint issue. Never mind about putting new work in Canada, they actually talked about disinvesting in Canada unless we extend the pattern to them. And starting now, not in 2011."



 

Mike Vince
Chair Ford Council

       "I believe truly and so does the council and the master bargaining committee, this is life or death here for us in Canada. We've got to make the right decision."


 

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "What's important to Canada is that Chrysler, GM and Ford workers continue to support the incredible culture of pattern bargaining."


 

Jim Stanford
CAW Economist

       "Oakville will now get the global platform that will be used to produce two new vehicles after the current Edge and MKX run out. The total spending program for those products, the new engines and the global platform and the new products off the global platform for Ford would be in excess of $2 billion US. Because of Ford's commitment the production in Canada will amount to 10 per cent of their North American output over the term of our agreement. And as a result of those commitments they will have more production than sales in Canada, so Fords will continue to comply with the old rules of the Auto Pact."


 

Kim Clout
Plant Chair Local 584

       "We went to our membership, probably two or three months ago and told them straight out everything we have is because of the solidarity of Ford council. If we don't stand together solid now then eventually we will die on our own. And I want everyone to know how proud I am of our membership because everyone said your right and this is what we need to do."



 

Scott Smith
Chairperson Local 1520

       "We certainly can't hold this thing up because of what's at stake for the other locals. I mean there's a lot of people we're depending on on our local to do the right thing. There is a lot of people in Oakville this affects, there's a lot of people in local 200 that this affects. It's not just the members, it's their families, it's their communities. I had the decision to say "You know what? I'm going to go out there and get the best damn thing I can for our membership to ease the pain."


 

Sym Gill
CAW Dir. Pensions & Benefits

       "The contract term and the effective date of the agreement has been extended for one year and will end on September 17, 2012 as per the pattern. On wages and COLA there are no changes to base wages."


 

Mike Vince
Chair Ford Council

       "The Ford Master Bargaining Committee, The Ford Council endorses this agreement unanimously and I am asking this Ford Leadership to also endorse this agreement unanimously."


 


Ford workers voted 83% in favour of restructuring agreement.

      


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