Issue #2 August 23, 1996 - CAW To Set Target


Issue #2 August 23, 1996 - CAW To Set Target



U.S. DELAYS NAMING TARGET

CAW president Buzz Hargrove said he was surprised but he could understand why UAW president Stephen Yokich delayed the decision regarding the U.S. target on August 22.

Hargrove said that with the expiry of the contracts several weeks away there is not a lot of pressure at the U.S. or the Canadian bargaining tables."It’s hard this early in bargaining to evaluate where the union can get the best contract for its members with the least amount of sacrifice," Hargrove said. The August 22 date originally announced by the UAW to select its target is earlier than in previous rounds of bargaining.

"We will announce the Canadian target on August 28," said Hargrove. "I am hopeful the UAW will select their target prior to August 28 and I will be talking to U.S. UAW president Stephen Yokich."

Hargrove said if for some reason the UAW does not decide prior to August 28 the CAW intends to move ahead and select a target and a date for a strike deadline. Meetings at the local level and at

the master table as well as high-level probing sessions will continue. The focus is currently on making sure all of the issues are thoroughly discussed and all options explored in order to reach a settlement.

NO DECISION ON STRIKE STRATEGY

A recent Globe and Mail article implied the Canadian Auto Workers’ union was planning to shut down GM auto plants one at a time rather than company wide if a strike is called.

In fact, no decision has yet been made to employ such a strategy. The concept of a selective and escalating strike is one of many possible strategies that CAW negotiators at GM have discussed as a way of putting more pressure on GM while ensuring the message is that "we are looking for a settlement not a war".

STRIKE VOTE RESULTS TO BE RELEASED SUNDAY AUGUST 25


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