CAW Ford Reach Tentative Agreement

Toronto, Ontario

September 13, 2005


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CAW Ford Reach Tentative Agreement
CAW Ford Reach Tentative Agreement
dated September 13, 2005

Sept. 13, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

       The tentative agreement between the Canadian Auto Workers Union and Ford Motor Company will be voted on at a ratification meeting this weekend.
       The CAW Ford bargaining committee unanimously endorsed the three year agreement in Toronto September 12th. CAW national president Buzz Hargrove said setting the pattern this early was unprecedented.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "Who would have ever believed that we could have done this more than a week ahead of the expiry date? Absolutely unprecedented, but absolutely unprecedented times. I said at the outset that this would not be business as usual and I guess I would emphasize today that that was probably an understatement."

       Hargrove termed the wage increases of 45 cents an hour in the first year and 30 cents an hour in each of the next two years as modest, but responsible.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "As we look to the future, given the current economic context that we are in, this is not the richest agreement that we have ever bargained but it is responsible bargaining recognizing all of the issues that we face and it puts us I believe in good stead for our future bargaining at DaimlerChrysler and General Motors."

       Improvements were made in benefits, including a new subsidized car insurance program for Ford workers who buy new Ford cars built in North America as well as improved retirement incentives. The union also got commitments for new investment in Canada by Ford.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "The closure of Essex, we stopped that. We got new investment in Essex. And there was a strong rumor out; the media has speculated now for months that Ford St. Thomas was going to close. We have a commitment not only to continue at Ford St. Thomas but to continue and put an additional investment of over $200 million over the life of this agreement into St. Thomas."

       While Ford's closing of the Windsor casting plant and restructuring will eliminate 1,100 jobs, Hargrove said no worker will be on involuntary layoff.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "We have dealt with a real crisis for the Ford workers in Windsor in a way that will ensure each one of them will at least have the opportunity to have a job at Ford Motor Company if not in Windsor, at some other location during the life of this agreement."

       Following ratification this weekend, the CAW will resume bargaining with either DaimlierChrysler or General Motors.

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