CAW Ford Workers Ratify 2002 Contract

Hamilton, Ontario

October 7, 2002


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CAW Ford Workers Ratify 2002 Contract
CAW Ford Workers Ratify 2002 Contract
dated October 7, 2002

Copps Coliseum
October 5, 2002
       The CAW Ford members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the 3 year contract at ratification meetings held for the Oakville mini van and truck plant workers on Saturday. On Sunday the St. Thomas workers Windsor and Brampton workers voted.
       The production workers voted 92 per cent in favour of the contract. The skilled workers voted 95 per cent for the deal and the office workers were also overwhelmingly in support. CAW National President Buzz Hargrove said the union has delivered on job security.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "The younger people in our work place, 900 of them are going to have jobs, and 500 of our senior members will have a retirement benefit that is unprecedented any where in this country. We have a plant instead of tearing it down, it's mothballed. And in addition to that, you'll see outlined today a long term vision for the Oakville operation of flexible manufacturing. But first, in the third quarter of next year Ford's going to invest $600 million dollars in the mini van plant for the next generation of mini vans."

Windsor
October 6, 2002
       The new deal follows the economic pattern set by GM of 3, 3 and 2 per cent. But more importantly, according to CAW national President Buzz Hargrove, it saves 900 jobs from the Ontario Truck Plant, which combined with early retirement means there will be no lay offs when the plant is closed down in July of 2004.
       Alex Keeney, chair of the Ford bargaining committee praised the Ford workers outside of Oakville for their solidarity during the negotiations.

Alex Keeney
Chair Ford Bargaining Committee

       "The media tried very hard to find members in Windsor who would say "we don't want Oakville to be a strike issue" and every member of Local 200 they spoke to, every one of them, whether it be a man or a woman, said "if there is an issue that causes a strike and it is Oakville we'll be behind the bargaining committee, they are going to do what's right". And by God sisters and brothers that's solidarity, that's what made the difference in this set of negotiations."

       Hargrove said the union and company have delivered and now it is time for the federal and provincial governments to establish an auto policy.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We're asking you to join us to say to the government, "by God the union's done the job, it's time you do what you're elected for and that's stand up and defend the interests of the workers in this important industry."

London
October 6, 2002
       The CAW now turns its attention to DaimlierChrysler where bargaining has moved into high gear. A strike deadline has been set for midnight, Tuesday October 15th.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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