CAW Picks DaimlerChrysler As Next 2005 Target

Toronto, Ontario

September 14, 2005


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CAW Picks DaimlerChrysler As Next 2005 Target
CAW Picks DaimlerChrysler As Next 2005 Target
dated September 14, 2005

Sept. 14, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

       As the Canadian Auto Workers union ratification process for the tentative agreement at Ford continues for this weekend's vote, CAW national president Buzz Hargrove announced Wednesday September 14th in Toronto that the union has picked its next target.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "We have decided to move now to DaimlerChrysler. To move there immediately and set the deadline of the expiry of the collective agreement on September 20th to reach an agreement."

       Hargrove told the press conference despite the short deadline there is time for the company to drop its excessive demands and reach an agreement.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "We already have the pattern in place. The economics are settled and the only thing we have of any substance is the corporation's demands on the union. And to give them more time to keep pushing those demands on our local committees, at our sub committees and our Master Committee, to us was not logical."

       Hargrove made it clear that the union will not give in to DaimlerChrysler's demands.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "We're not willing to close the Etobicoke casting plant. We're not willing to agree to the out sourcing decisions they have at both Brampton and Windsor. And they have a number of out sourcing demands on us and we've said, "that's not going to happen in this bargaining. And we also need some commitments in the long term both at Brampton and Windsor."

       When asked if the CAW was headed for a strike, Hargrove said the company has taken a hard stand and it could force the union out on strike.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "Chrysler made it very clear to us, never mind the pattern, we didn't even have that on the table, that if we didn't accept their demands on outsourcing and closure that we could not get an agreement with them and they would force the dispute. So it was pretty clear that they were going to force us on strike by the 20th. So we are going to give them the opportunity to move off of that and try to get a settlement even before the 20th. But failing that, there will be a strike."

       Following the press conference, the CAW DaimlerChrysler bargaining committee met with the company to begin the final round of bargaining, with a strike deadline of September 20th.

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