CAW Wins DaimlerChrysler Deal - GM Strike Deadline Set

Toronto, Ontario

September 21, 2005


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CAW Wins DaimlerChrysler Deal -GM Strike Deadline Set
CAW Wins DaimlerChrysler Deal - GM Strike Deadline Set
dated September 21, 2005


Sept. 20, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

       At 2 a.m. Tuesday, September 20th, 22 hours before the strike deadline, the Canadian Auto Workers Union reached a three-year tentative agreement with DaimlerChrysler. CAW national President Buzz Hargrove told a press conference later in the morning that the union won its fight against outsourcing and protected it members' jobs.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "The pattern on economics including the pensions is all there, the benefits are all there, and our income support program is all there. Even more important to our members there is no outsourcing. We have tied down Etobicoke. Not only is Chrysler not able to sell or close the Etobicoke plant during the life of the agreement, we've tied down the jobs in there."


       The mini van plant in Windsor is now the primary plant for the Chrysler mini-van, ensuring the third shift in that city. Similarly the Brampton plant has been designated the primary producer of the Chrysler 300C, the Magnum and the Charger, guaranteeing the third shift there. CAW DaimlerChrsyler bargaining chair Ken Lewenza said the union has kept the faith with its members.

Ken Lewenza
CAW DaimlerChrysler Bargaining Chair

       ".Both major assembly plants are running at full capacity for the life of the collective agreement. You can not enhance better job security on behalf of our members than that."

       Hargrove announced September 27th as the strike deadline for General Motors, along with a warning for the GM bargaining team.
Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "Make no mistake about it! We're not backing away for the pattern settlement. We will leave the general Motors bargaining table with the pattern intact and the only question is when."

       The workers at the DaimlerChrysler plants will vote on the tentative agreement this weekend.

Sept. 21, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

       Meanwhile talks with General Motors have moved into high gear with less than a week to go before the strike deadline.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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