Ford Ratified Daimler Chrysler Next Target

Windsor, Ontario

September 27, 1999


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Ford Ratified Daimler Chrysler Next Target
Ford Ratified Daimler Chrysler Next Target

dated September 27, 1999

Windsor, Ontario

CAW members at Ford Motor company have ratified a three year agreement by a 94 per cent vote after hearing details of the agreement at meetings Sunday September 26th in Hamilton, Bramalea , St. Thomas and Windsor.

Hamilton, Sept 26,1999
Major gains in pensions and benefits, a three per cent wage increase in each of the three years, a 4.5 per cent COLA increase, along with tuition refunds for dependant children and a ten dollar a day child care subsidy, highlighted the new agreement.

Toronto, Sept. 26, 1999
Having set the pattern with Ford, the CAW selected DaimlerChrysler as the next target in this year's Big Three auto makers bargaining.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"I'm very optimistic that we can do this with DaimlerChrysler. I see nothing here that would cause a strike."

Along with the economic package, CAW National President Buzz Hargrove says the neutrality issue, particularly involving the DaimlerChrysler owned Freightliner truck plant in St. Thomas, will be a key issue in the DaimlerChrysler talks.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"We want a condition to ensure that the management stays neutral in an organizing campaign. We would have won the Integram operations at Magna. They and the Freightliner workers would be members of our union if we had had a neutrality pledge by those companies."

Hargrove said DaimlerChrysler was selected as the next target to strengthen the union's position for talks with General Motors.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"We felt that we would be better to have both companies with the pattern in place before we go to General Motors. And even if General Motors accepts the pattern, which one would think logically they would, there is still a lot of issues that we have to resolve if we are to avoid a dispute in 1999."

The deadline for a settlement with DaimlerChrysler and its 13,800 workers has been set for 11:59 pm Tuesday October 5th.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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