Ford Cuts 1,200 Canadian Jobs CAW Demands Fair Trade

January 24, 2006


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Ford Cuts 1,200 Canadian Jobs CAW Demands Fair Trade
Ford Cuts 1,200 Canadian Jobs CAW Demands Fair Trade
dated January 24, 2006


Toronto, Ontario
January 23, 2006

       Ford Motor Company's announcement that it is closing its Essex casting plant and eliminating the second shift and 1,200 jobs at their St. Thomas, Ontario assembly plant has angered Canadian Auto Workers union members at the plants and their national president. At a press conference in Toronto following the company announcement Buzz Hargrove said the cuts are a shocking and painful blow.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "I share the anger and the frustration of our members in St. Thomas on the announcement that they are going to lose a shift sometime next year. But the real anger by our members is directed at the level of imports that are coming into North America and the lack of ability to export outside North America."

       Since the closing of the Ford Truck plant in 2004, the latest Ford cuts have brought the total automotive job cuts to almost 8,000. Hargrove said the federal government has to take action.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We're talking almost 8,000 jobs in Canada and it confirms what we have been saying all along that we have a crisis that we are faced with and it takes government action. We need an automotive policy that guarantees that those who sell in our market, that their market must be open to vehicles that are built by Canadians."

       Hargrove said the CAW will join forces with the UAW in the United States to get both Washington and Ottawa to take action against the imports.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "Our commitment is to work with the UAW, in concert with the UAW to see what we can do in insisting that our governments deal with this problem of imports. We can't continue to have millions of vehicles imported off shore with no ability to export back to their countries and undermine the investment and job security of CAW and UAW members. We have to have a government response to that in both our countries."

       In the meantime, Hargrove said there is time for the union to meet with Ford and try to convince them to reverse their decision to cancel the 2nd shift at St Thomas in 2007.

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