CAW-DaimlerChrysler Reach Tentative Agreement
October 17, 2002
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It went down to the wire and the process was painful, according to CAW National President Buzz Hargrove, but at the end of the day an agreement was reached at the 11th hour with DaimlerChrysler.
CAW National President
"We've done a lot of good bargaining. The pattern agreement alone would have been an incredible accomplishment for our union with DaimlerChrysler in the year 2002. But we have gone beyond that with our issues and we have resolved our issues to the satisfaction of the bargaining committee. The bargaining committee just unanimously voted with the master committee and the local committees in support of recommending this agreement."
The pattern includes the 3-3 and 2 per cent wages increases, the $1,000 signing bonus, the $1,500 Christmas bonus, and 28 hours more vacation time along with benefit improvements.
The CAW DaimlerChrysler bargaining committee beat back company demands for workplace concessions and most importantly according to bargaining committee chair Ken Lewenza won job security for CAW members for the future.
DaimlerChrysler Bargaining Chair
"We're bigger than the bargaining process. The reality is we have secured 12,000 DaimlerChrysler Canada jobs. And we are going to deliver the best damn vehicles for the consumers for the next three or four years and that's going to enhance our job security. And what our members asked us to do is to secure their jobs, secure their income, prepare a better future than in the last three years and we were successful in doing that. And I am damn proud as the chair of the bargaining committee that we are opening up a plant in Canada under DaimlerChrysler. A different structure, that's going to generate good jobs and at the same time look to the future in terms of how automobiles are going to be built in this country."
DaimlerChrysler has committed to build a new "green field" assembly plant in the Windsor area which will employee between 2,000 and 3,000 new hires. Current employees at the Pillette Road plant will be absorbed by local 444 as production at the mini van plant increases and the new Pacifica model goes into production.
The three year contract now goes to the 12,000 CAW members employed by DaimlerChrysler for ratification this weekend.
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