CAW-GM Reach Tentative Agreement

Toronto, Ontario

September 18, 2002


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CAW-GM Reach Tentative Agreement
CAW-GM Reach Tentative Agreement
dated September 18, 2002

Toronto Ontario
Sept. 17, 2002
       "There's a motion on the floor to accept the tentative agreement for 2002. All in favour?
       Opposed if any? I accept that as a unanimous recommendation."

       With just a few hours left before the strike deadline the Canadian Auto Workers GM Bargaining Committee voted unanimously to recommend acceptance of a new three year tentative agreement with General Motors of Canada.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "I would hesitate to say that this is better than our 1999 collective agreement in some areas, but in some areas it is and over all it is as good as 99, which was one of the best agreements that we ever bargained when all of the companies were making record profits. So we have an excellent collective agreement here."

       Wages and jobs were the key issues going into bargaining. The agreement provides for wage increases of 3 per cent in the first year, 3 per cent in the second and 2 percent in the third year as well as improved COLA, a $1,000 signing bonus and a $1,500 Christmas bonus.
       Also there will be $800 million of new investment at the Oshawa complex, and in St. Catharines which will help retain jobs at the parts and engine plants.
       Mike Shields, chair of the CAW GM bargaining committee, thanked Buzz Hargrove for picking his committee to set the pattern.

Mike Shields
Chair CAW GM Bargaining Committee

       "A special thanks for the confidence that you showed in our committee that we could put together a collective agreement as the pattern, not only for our brothers and sisters at DaimlerChrysler and Ford, but we do set the bench mark for working men and women throughout this country."

       The ratification votes on the contract will be held on Saturday September 21st in Windsor ,London and Woodstock. CAW GM members in St. Catharines and Oshawa will vote on Sunday.

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