CAW Ratifies Contract With Ford For Flex Manufacturing

Hamilton, Ontario

May 17, 2004


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CAW Ratifies Contract With Ford For Flex Manufacturing
dated May 17, 2004

Hamilton, Ontario
May 16, 2004

       The future of the CAW Local 707 workers at the Ford truck plant is now in the hands of the federal government as the workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of changes to their contract to accommodate Ford's proposed flexible manufacturing plant to replace the soon to be closed truck plant.

Bob Chernecki
Assistant to CAW National President

       "Ford has been absolutely clear. The government is a critical piece to this. Once we are able to ratify this and I am convinced that it will be overwhelmingly ratified they have made a decision to put a flex manufacturing operation somewhere, Atlanta, Oakville or Mexico. They want to bring it here. They have said that. Ford has committed that. The question is where is the government? That's where we have to put the pressure on and continue to put the pressure on and wait for that decision."

       Over three thousand workers jammed the Hamilton convention Centre Sunday May 16th. Their determination to fight for their jobs was evident.

       "Let's do what's right. Let's vote this through and put the pressure where it belongs, on the federal government."

       "For people who say you're taking Saturday away from their family, try taking a pay check away. I'm in full support of this."

       "Let's vote yes now. Let's get a future and move on."

       CAW Local 707 president Bob Van Cleef urged the members to ratify the agreement.

Bob Van Cleef
Pres. CAW Local 707

       "What we have done here, we done protection for three groups of our union. We've got almost 700 buy- outs for our senior members. We've got protection in here for our mid seniority members that they have the ability to get better jobs, with the better job equal pay system. And we have also done a hell of a job to make sure that our junior members have a future, have a job, and have security for their family."

       Ford Motor Company, the province and the union have come to the table. Bob Chernecki, assistant to CAW national president Buzz Hargrove says it's time to pressure the federal government to complete the deal.

Bob Chernecki
Assistant to CAW National President

       "You've got the industry minister, and you also have the federal cabinet, and Paul Martin who have yet to say a word about this investment, have yet to say to Ford that they will put up the money necessary to put this flexible manufacturing operation in place that will without question produce 4,000 jobs for the community, for you and your families."

       The production workers ratified the deal by 93 per cent and the skilled workers voted 97 per cent for the changes.

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