NAVISTAR / INTERNATIONAL TRUCK
July 3, 2002 No. 1
Commencing Wednesday, July 3 for the duration of the
strike we will be issuing news notes every Tuesday and
- Since Monday, June 24 when Local 444 member Don Milner
was critically injured on the picket line, the company has
not attempted to bring a busload of scabs through the line.
The last attempt was that same Monday morning.
- This morning recruitment of scabs was underway again in
Windsor so the Navistar membership and CAW locals remain on
- Thursday, July 4, the CAW will be back in court in a
continuation of an injunction hearing brought by the
company looking to obtain permanent reductions or possibly
elimination of picketers.
- As of this morning the company informed the CAW that
they are "still reviewing" whether or not they are going to
return to the bargaining table, and if they did, under what
- The Mayor of Chatham has written Steve Keate,
President, Truck Group, International Truck: [excerpt] "As
you are aware, in Ontario your company has the legal right
to use replacement workers, however, the serious threat to
public safety that has resulted from the mass picketing by
the CAW, altercations or incident with your security on our
roads has caused us to request your company to reconsider
the use of replacement workers, at this time. This will
allow for a potentially volatile situation to be averted.
We realize this is a decision, which is entirely at your
Bob Chernecki, Assistant to the President, responded:
[excerpt] "I ... note in your letter, you do request that
Navistar cease their actions in attempting to bring scabs
into the community 'at this time'.
Although the CAW workers of Navistar and the community
appreciate your intervention, the facts are - what exactly
does timing have to do with this unprovoked, irresponsible,
negligent action by Navistar? It may be their choice to
attempt to scab the facility, but the CAW is on the record
regarding this issue."