Issue #16 - October 2, 1996 - "STAY ON THE JOB UNTIL 11:59 P.M. DEADLINE"


Issue #16 - October 2, 1996 - "STAY ON THE JOB UNTIL 11:59 P.M. DEADLINE"




ESCALATING STRIKE DEADLINES:

Oct 2

11:59pm
Oshawa
Ste-Thérèse

Oct 6

11:59pm
St.Catharines

Oct 9

11:59pm
Windsor
London
Woodstock



"There’s been so little progress that I can’t see how we can avoid a strike but we’re going to keep working at it all night and right up to the deadline, 11:59 p.m. tonight," said CAW president Buzz Hargrove.

"GM appears to be bargaining toward a strike," commented Hargrove after explaining that lengthy discussions on the union’s priority issues of outsourcing, closure, sale and windup of plants, lean production, and meeting the pattern were getting nowhere.

"No one should underestimate that we are challenging the largest corporation in the world about their unilateral right to make decisions that they’ve made for decades. But we are determined to follow the Chrysler pattern which established the principle of work ownership -- where we are building a quality product, in a productive manner, at a reasonable cost and the company’s making a profit."

And, GM has made $1.39 billion - the largest in the history of any Canadian corporation.

At the local bargaining level some locals were making progress but others were bogged down.

The company announced that it will present the union with its first economic offer at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The CAW/GM master bargaining committee and the local committees along with Hargrove have unanimously endorsed an escalating strike strategy to keep maximum pressure on GM.

"The entire committee has received extraordinary support from the membership and it is extremely important that the membership stay on the job until 11:59 p.m. tonight and then follow the escalating strike strategy," said CAW/GM Master Bargaining Committee Chairperson Dave Vyse.

"The solid support of the membership now is crucial for GM to understand how serious we are about the issues," concluded Hargrove.

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


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