CAW GM Reaches Tentative Agreement - Strike Averted

Toronto, Ontario

September 28, 2005


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CAW GM Reaches Tentative Agreement - Strike Averted
dated September 28, 2005

Chris Buckley
CAW GM Bargaining Chair

       "All those in favour? Opposed? Unanimous. Good work everybody."

Sept. 27, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

       With that, less than an hour before the more than 17,000 members of the Canadian Auto Workers union at General Motors Canada were to go on strike, the union bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with the company.
       CAW national president Buzz Hargrove said the new agreement includes the economic pattern established at Ford and saves jobs at General Motors.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "We think our agreement is good for our members, their families and communities. And we think that the agreement is good for General Motors and good for Canada's and North America's auto industry and we appreciate the work that has been done here by everyone. So thank you very much and congratulations."

       Chris Buckley, chair of the CAW GM bargaining committee said the agreement is just another step in the fight to ensure future jobs for auto workers in Canada.

Chris Buckley
CAW GM Bargaining Chair

       "I believe this agreement will help you to remain competitive and will help ensure future product in our facilities here in Canada. And we are not going to stop as a union, educating people on the importance of our Canadian auto industry and lobbying all levels of government on a fair trade package in North America."

       At a press conference, Hargrove said the union rejected the company's call for concessions, pointing out that GM is making large amounts of money from their Canadian operations.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "Now that didn't mean that we were stubborn or stupid in our bargaining. We knew that there was some major challenges facing General Motors and if we could contribute to that by doing things better and making some changes that did not disadvantage our membership, their families or our retirees, that we would move ahead and make those changes if it could save millions of dollars for General Motors, that we would be quite willing to entertain that and we did."
       The agreement provides for wage increases of 45 cents an hour in the first year and 30 cents an hour in each of the following two years, improved pensions, improved benefits and a $70,000 restructuring incentive to encourage older workers to retire making room for younger workers.
       The General Motors workers will vote on the three year contract this weekend in Oshawa, Windsor, Woodstock and St. Catharines.

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