CAW ratifies DaimlerChrysler Deal

Etobicoke, Ontario

September 26, 2005


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CAW ratifies DaimlerChrysler Deal
CAW ratifies DaimlerChrysler Deal
dated September 26, 2005

Sept. 24, 2005
Etobicoke, Ontario

       Thousands of members of Canadian Auto Workers union gave overwhelming support to a new three year collective agreement with DaimlerChrysler this weekend.
       The production workers voted 86.2% in favour while the skilled trades voted 85.6% for the new contract which featured the pattern won at Ford for wages, benefits and pensions.
       More importantly it saved jobs.
       At Etobicoke on Saturday, CAW national president Buzz Hargrove delivered the good news about the future of the casting plant there.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "I am very, very pleased to report, out of the solidarity of your committee under the leadership of brother Ken Lewenza, we were able to save the casting plant and it will remain open for the life of this collective agreement. There is no closure and there is no sale unless the sale is agreed to by the union and adopted by the membership."


Sept. 25, 2005
Windsor, Ontario

       On Sunday Hargrove was in Windsor, where he told CAW Local 444 members their plant was now designated as the primary producer of Chrysler mini-vans, thus ensuring the third shift. Hargrove said that while there will be job losses due to productivity gains, there will be no layoffs.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "If less than half of the people who are eligible to retire take what are the best pensions in the industrialized world, and a $70,000 restructuring benefit and leave, we should have absolutely nobody, absolutely nobody on layoff by the end of this agreement. "

Sept. 25, 2005
Brampton, Ontario

       On Sunday afternoon Hargrove was in Brampton with news that the agreement locked in job security at the Brampton facility for three years.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "We have now an understanding, in writing, that Chrysler can build another plant to build our products, but that they can't take the third shift off, nor can they lower the levels of production in our plant. Job security for three shifts, for three years in this plant."

       Following the Brampton vote, Hargrove returned to bargaining with General Motors where a strike date has been set for midnight September 27th.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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