CAW DaimlerChrysler Talks Open

Toronto, Ontario

July 21, 2005


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CAW DaimlerChrysler Talks Open
CAW DaimlerChrysler Talks Open
dated July 21, 2005

July 21, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

       Bargaining with the last of the Big 3 auto companies, DaimlerChrysler Canada, got under way Thursday July 21st in Toronto. Canadian Auto Workers union president Buzz Hargrove led off the talks clearly establishing the union's intention to get substantial improvements in wages and benefits among other things as well as a new six-year pension agreement.
       At a press conference Hargrove said the auto industry's problem is unfair trade from off-shore imports not labour costs.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "A global market means that if Japan is shipping cars into Canada or the United States and we're shipping cars back to Japan, that's globalization. That's trade where everyone is taking advantage of selling in everyone's market and then it gets to other issues. But as long as there is a one way agreement, that's not globalization."
       "Off shore producers shipped into this market, in 2004, 4.2 million vehicles. The Japanese alone shipped in 1.9 million vehicles, the equivalent of 10 assembly plants in Canada. And that would be fine if we have a reciprocal agreement like we had with the United States, but the problem is the North American producers, GM , Ford and DaimlerChrysler, can't ship into Japan."


       Despite the flood of imports, Hargrove pointed out that DaimlerChrysler increased its market share thanks to the new products being built at Canadian plants in Windsor and Brampton.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "The Company has done very, very well over the last three years. The Canadian operations are making a major contribution to the success of DaimlerChrysler. Both their success in that they picked up market share last year, although it was less than one per cent, they are the only one of the main North American producers to do so."

       A key issue for the union with DaimlerChrysler is the insecurity at the various plants including Etobicoke, Windsor, and Brampton. Hargrove said the company must make a commitment to all the plants. He said the union isn't looking for a strike and is committed to productivity improvements but that the company shouldn't misread that as a weakness.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We will do our part. We will bargain responsibly, as we always do. But we are going to defend the interests of our members, their families, our retirees and our communities."

       Bargaining will continue until the target company is selected in early September with a strike deadline set for midnight September 20th.

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