Ford Selected

September 8, 1999


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Ford Selected
Ford Selected
dated September 8, 1999

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President





"It gives me great pleasure as president of our national union to announce today that I am calling on Alex Keeney to lead the target negotiations. ( cheering)"

Prior to announcing Ford as the target company, Hargrove said the main issues for all the Big Three auto manufacturers will be pensions, wages and benefits ,modular production, and company neutrality in union organizing efforts.
With the Big Three reporting profits in the billions Hargrove says the union will be looking for substantial wage improvements. Hargrove says an agreement without a work stoppage is possible but added that the union has a strong strike mandate if necessary.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"There shouldn`t be a work stoppage if the company comes to the table recognizing the commitment and the contribution that our members and their families made to their success over the last several years."

With both the DaimlerChrysler and the General Motors bargaining committee showing their unanimous support for the Ford negotiating team, Alex Keeney vowed to represent all the industry in the negotiations with Ford.

Alex Keeney
Ford Bargaining Chair

"Our commitment to you is I will be in constant contact with Mike Shields and Ken Lewenza to make sure that their issues that they have, that they want to see in the pattern, don`t fall off the table and we can win this fight together"

Hargrove also set the strike deadline at 11:59 pm, September 21st.

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