CAW Picks Ford As 2005 Target

Toronto, Ontario

September 8, 2005


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CAW Picks Ford As 2005 Target
CAW Picks Ford As 2005 Target
dated September 8, 2005

Sept. 8, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

       After weeks of bargaining the Canadian Auto Workers Union has decided who will be the target company to set the pattern for the 2005 round of bargaining with the Big "3". CAW national president Buzz Hargrove made the announcement in Toronto September 8th.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "So I have decided, after broad consultation with the bargaining committees, the leadership of both the local committees and the master bargaining committees and up until 1 o'clock this morning, the top leadership of the union, including the rank and file elected chair, there was a consensus that developed around eight o'clock this morning that we would go to Ford to establish the '05' bargaining pattern."

       Hargrove said this round of bargaining is not "business as usual". He said for the first time in the union's history they are taking a new approach.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "If early next week we find ourselves stumbling and unable to come to grip, either ourselves or Ford, with the tough issues and working towards the solution that we may very well move over to DaimlerChrysler and start talking with them and see how open they are as we are closer to the expiry date of the 20th."

       As the Ford Council Bargaining Committee meets with the company talks with DaimlerChrysler are continuing. Mean while Hargrove stressed the September 20th deadline remains.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "By the 20th of September we will have a settlement or a pattern for '05' negotiations or there will be a work stoppage at one of those companies."

       While the union is hoping to reach an agreement with Ford because of its good relationship with the company, Hargrove warned that there is some tough bargaining ahead.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "Ford, more so than the other companies, has a continuing commitment to its work force and they say that openly. They know they have tough issues and tough decisions to make but they are also willing to work with us to keep the faith with our members."

       Whitey MacDonald, chair of the Ford bargaining committee says his members are ready.

Whitey MacDonald
Ford Bargaining Committee Chair

       "This is going to be a very, very tough set of negotiations. I want to assure everybody that we have got a lot of experience at our table. We have been around. We know how to get the job done and I want to let everybody know today that it is our priority to set not only the pattern for all Ford workers but for GM and DaimlerChrysler as well."

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