CAW Ford Workers Ratify 2005 Contract

Hamilton, Ontario

September 19, 2005


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CAW Ford Workers Ratify 2005 Contract
CAW Ford Workers Ratify 2005 Contract
dated September 19, 2005

Sept. 17, 2005
Hamilton, Ontario

       CAW members at Ford Motor Company have ratified a new three year collective agreement by an over whelming majority. Ford Production workers voted 94.9% for the contract while the skilled trades voted 95.5% of in favour. CAW national president Buzz Hargrove said the vote showed the workers understand the state the auto industry is in and see this as a good agreement. He told the Oakville workers in Hamilton the contract made modest wage gains and more importantly ensured their job security and the flex manufacturing expansion at Oakville.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "William Clay Ford, through his top people told us that this project is a key project for the Ford Motor Company and under no circumstances would that investment be cancelled."

Sept. 18, 2005
London, Ontario

       In St. Thomas, Peggy Nash, assistant to the national president, told the workers their jobs were safe.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW national president

       "The key thing here in St. Thomas is that there will be no closure of the St. Thomas Facility and this plant will continue to operate right through to 2008 bargaining."
       "In addition, the company is going to spend additional money, 200 million to refresh the Grand Marquis in 2007."


Sept. 18, 2005
Windsor, Ontario

       For the thousands of Ford workers in Windsor there was good and bad news. The bad news, the casting plant will be closed in 2007; the good news, a new product is coming to the Essex engine plant. While there are a total of 1,100 jobs being cut Hargrove assured the workers that there will be no one on involuntary layoff.



Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "Every Ford worker in this room, or couldn't get here today, that everyone of you will have an opportunity to work either in Windsor, you'll go on retirement with a damn good incentive to retire and a damn good pension plan, go on lay-off with an SUB payment that takes you right through to the end of '08', or you can take preferential hiring at some other Ford location. No one will be without income or work by the end of this agreement who is a member of our union."

       The union now turns to DaimlerChrysler to get them to accept the pattern of modest wage, benefit and pension gains. The deadline for a settlement is 11:59pm Tuesday September 20th.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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