October 3, 1999

1999 Big Three Bargaining
Auto Talks Bulletin


11:59 PM

Issue #10

October 3, 1999

As negotiations move into the final 48 hours before the deadline, there are several pattern issues in pensions and benefit plans which apply differently at Chrysler that remain to be resolved. As well there are other key issues which remain on the table such as protection against outsourcing achieved in 1996 bargaining, and securing a commitment for new products for Pillette Road and Ajax.

In response to an inquiry about why the Magna issue is so crucial in this set of negotiations, CAW president Buzz Hargrove said, "As long as a growing number of workers are denied the democratic right of belonging to a union or securing their wages, pensions, benefits and overtime in a legally binding union contract, it weakens the ability for all of us to make progress."

In response to an e-mail he wrote the following as a message to all CAW members at DaimlerChrysler.

"The Magna issue is about the democratic right of workers to have a union and just as important, for CAW DaimlerChrysler members securing our jobs for the future. Magna today is supplying on average about $1200 worth of parts in every vehicle we produce.

Recently they have gained the capability to assemble total vehicles on behalf of auto producers. They could assemble total vehicles on a contract basis for DaimlerChrysler Canada as they currently do for DaimlerChrysler in Europe. Their non-union lower labour cost status is the greatest threat our members face in the future. The best wages, benefits, time off the job and pensions mean nothing if you don’t have a job.

Have confidence in and support your union. The past gains we have made represent years of struggle by past generations of workers. Similarly, the impressive economic pattern won at Ford reflected the accumulated strength of our union. Your elected leadership is fighting on your behalf to ensure we don’t allow the Magnas of the industry to roll back the clock. The majority of Magna Integram members have signed union cards and their democratic decision to join a union must be respected by Magna executives.

Unfortunately the media chooses to highlight just the Magna issue as a strike issue. There are many other unresolved issues at Windsor, Bramalea and Ajax.

The work ownership breakthrough and control over outsourcing that we made in 1996 is equally important to protect our jobs in the 1999 negotiations. The relief system for the assembly plants is in dispute. A very key issue for the bargaining team is a commitment by DaimlerChrysler to a new investment in the Pillette Road maxi-van plant, and new work for Ajax. There are many grievances unresolved, a number of skilled trades issues are outstanding, and we are still addressing working conditions issues at all locations.

The solidarity of our union has won our past gains. Solidarity with your bargaining team is crucial to our success in ‘99 negotiations."

Here is the schedule for ratification or information meetings:


Location / Time


Sunday, October 10, 1999
St. Dennis Centre
University of Windsor,
2555 College Avenue
(519) 973-7029


Sunday, October 10, 1999
CAW Local 222 Hall
1425 Phillip Murray Avenue,
(905) 723-1187


Friday, October 8, 1999
8:00am Skilled Trades
Sperenza Banquet Hall
10:00am Production
510A Deerhurst Drive (at Goreway)
(905) 793-3458


Sunday, October 10
Royal Canadian Legion
(Long Branch) Branch 101,
3850 Lakeshore Blvd. W.
Lakeshore & Brown’s Line
(416) 255-4381


Sunday, October 10
CAW Local 444 Hall
1855 Turner Road,
(519) 258-6400


Saturday, October 9
7:00am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm
CAW Local 195 Hall
1214 Ottawa Street,
(519) 253-1107

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