Issue #13 - September 27, 1996 - CAW Says Talks are Very Slow


Issue #13 - September 27, 1996 - CAW Says Talks are Very Slow




TRIM AND FAB PLANT WORKERS MUST REMAIN UNDER MASTER AGREEMENT



The CAW/GM Master Bargaining Committee is unanimously endorsing the selective and escalating strike strategy that has been finalized over the past few days.

CAW president Buzz Hargrove said after the Friday late afternoon meeting, " It is the clearest message we can send to GM that reinforces the fact we’re bargaining for a settlement but prepared for a fight."

If a tentative agreement is not reached by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 2 then workers in Oshawa and Broisbriand would go on strike immediately. On Sunday, October 6, at 11:59 p.m. St. Catharines would join the strike. On Wednesday, October 9, at 11:59 p.m. all the remaining GM workers would join the strike.

"Nothing is happening," said Hargrove flatly when questioned as to what progress was being made in the talks. "Quite frankly, it is disturbing at this late date to be asked over and over again to explain a simple, clearly worded two-page document - the outsourcing agreement reached between the CAW and Chrysler."

"GM seems more intent on inflaming our members with letters to their homes than it is in reaching a settlement," said Hargrove referring to the letter GM President and General Manager Maureen Kempston Darkes sent to workers’ homes.

Members of the CAW/GM bargaining committee have been receiving calls from all GM plants about the "insulting" letter which basically said what’s good for GM is good for the workers - in other words - it’s good for workers to lose their jobs.

Trim and fab plant workers must remain under master agreement Hargrove told the press at a briefing Friday morning that he had agreed to meet with the head of a company bidding on the four GM plants up for sale which include the Oshawa fabrication and Windsor trim operations.

"I met with him on the condition that he and GM clearly understood that if the plants are sold the workers remain under the CAW/GM Master Agreement. I will not bargain with anyone but GM." Hargrove said for the last three years 750 workers in St. Catharines have remained under the Master Agreement even though the axle plant was sold to American Axle.


STRIKE DEADLINE: OCTOBER 2, 11:59 P.M.


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