DaimlerChrysler Layoffs

Toronto, Ontario

February 1, 2001


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DaimlerChrysler Layoffs
DaimlerChrysler Layoffs
dated February 1, 2001

DaimlerChrysler Layoffs
Toronto, January 29, 2001
       DaimlerChrysler's decision to cut back on its Canadian operations by thousands of jobs has left the CAW members in Windsor, Brampton, Ajax and Etobicoke in shock.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President


       "This is a tragic situation for Chrysler workers who had no control over anything. Tragic for them, their families and the communities the Chrysler plants are in. It will be a little blip for investors and executives, but for workers and their families and communities it is a very, very tragic situation that we face at Chrysler."

       CAW National President Buzz Hargrove said there was no way to anticipate the size of the cutbacks.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "Given the statements of the top executives at DaimlerChrysler, including Mr. Schrempp at the Toronto Club here in late August of last year, and Mr. Holden in October, to somehow see this ship get wrecked in such a short period of time is absolutely shocking. It's a very tough time for our leadership and our membership are all reeling about this."
       "There have been all kinds of rumours but no one ever believed that this event would be as huge as we are facing here today."

       The major cuts came at Bramalea where the third shift will end in June, the second shift at Pillette Road is gone in July and there are reductions in jobs at the Ajax and Etobicoke plants.
       The third shift at the Windsor Assembly plant was saved from the chopping block.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "In the Windsor assembly plant we were in a much different position. And we simply said to DaimlerChrysler"
       "If you think you are going to take a third shift off in Windsor and then you are going to build mini vans on overtime, that will not happen.
       "We will not build one mini-van on one minute of overtime. You're not going to lay off a thousand people and then tell us the rest of the work force is going to work something like 27 or 29 Saturdays a year to keep up with the market."

      
A slowing of the line speed at Windsor however will eliminate 425 jobs.
       Hargrove said the union is working to minimize the impact on it's members. At the same time it is increasing, it's efforts to convince the federal government to get involved in protecting the Canadian auto industry.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "The Europeans have the right idea. You've got to have the stick when you have a global industry like the auto industry. If you're going to ensure that you get a fair share of the production, of the new investment, of the new vehicles, based on and commensurate with the market in your country and your ability to produce, then you have to have some rules to govern that."
       "So I'm going to be really stressing to Mr. Tobin, at our meeting in a few days, the importance of the government coming in with a post-Auto Pact program that will ensure long term that we get a fair share of investment and jobs in an ever increasingly global industry."

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