TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - (Toronto) CAW President Ken Lewenza is calling
on General Motors to treat all of its employees fairly, in response to
the announced bonuses for salaried workers in Canada and hourly and
salaried workers in the United States.
"We have never negotiated profit sharing with the company because we
firmly believe that profits should be reinvested in securing jobs,
pensions for retirees and further research and development here in
Canada," said Lewenza.
"That doesn't mean that our members should be disregarded when the
company is doing well," said Lewenza. "When GM was on the verge of
bankruptcy, the company showed no hesitation in demanding our members
give up past gains to ensure its survival. Now that GM's balance sheet
is starting to improve, we expect that our members to benefit from this
In the case of GM workers represented by the UAW in the United States,
Lewenza called the bonuses deferred wages, as they were part of a
negotiated settlement between the union and the company.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
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