CAW Ford Talks Open

Toronto, Ontario

July 20, 2005


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CAW Ford Talks Open
CAW Ford Talks Open
dated July 20, 2005

July 20, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

       The Canadian Auto WorkerS union officially opened bargaining for a new three year agreement with Ford Motor Company of Canada, in Toronto July 20th. National president Buzz Hargrove told the Ford bargaining team the union's priorities include a new six year pension plan as well as wage increases over the three year agreement.
       He stressed that off shore imports are the crux of the problems faced by the auto industry.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "I have to say as strongly as I can, we are not going to allow this to impact on our ability to make progress on our wages and benefits, and our pensions. We're not going to use the realities of globalization to say that some how by our members taking less, that some how that means that Ford Motor Company is going to be better off."

       At a press conference Hargrove said the union is not looking for a fight but is determined to get a fair deal for its members.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We do anticipate tough bargaining but we still said to Ford we're not looking for a dispute as we said to General Motors, we're looking for a settlement. We've come to the bargaining table for a settlement and we are looking at the issues that are important to our members."

       Hargrove compared Ford's weakness to GM's in 1999.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "General Motors in 99 was what Ford is today. Plants had a lot of people on layoff, a lot of down time in the system."
       "So we put together a pattern agreement that was good for Ford Motor Company but was also good for General Motors and Chrysler and we are approaching our bargaining with Ford in the same manner this year. And although their operations are weak, their profits aren't as good as they might be, it's certainly no fault of our own. I think Ford Motor Company will agree with that. Our members produce incredibly high quality work, good productivity and are always working with the company to cut costs, cut out waste wherever they can."


       Bargaining on the local issues is now underway in earnest. In early September the union will select which of the Big Three will be the target company with the deadline for a new contract set for midnight, September 20th.

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