TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Local union and workplace leadership in the auto
sector overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution authorizing the national union and
Master Bargaining Committees to engage in extraordinary restructuring talks
with North American automakers at a special meeting held earlier today.
Over 500 CAW rank and file members (representing unionized workers at the
Canadian operations of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler), attended the
meeting at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto.
CAW Master Bargaining Committee representatives unanimously endorsed the
same resolution at a meeting held on January 29.
The union is gearing up for talks expected to begin within the coming
A full copy of the resolution is attached.
C.A.W. Auto Leadership
February 17, 2009
In the wake of the unprecedented downturn on the global economy and its
impact on auto sales (especially in the U.S. market) and the resulting
financial crisis facing the three North American auto producers, CAW local
union and workplace leadership in the auto sector (representing unionized
workers at the Canadian operations of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) met
in Toronto today to discuss the current situation and next steps.
Members overwhelmingly endorsed and authorized the CAW National President
and Master Bargaining Committees to engage in contract discussions with the
Canadian units of the three automakers in coming weeks, as part of the broader
restructuring of those companies (including the provision of government
financial assistance to them.)
Those negotiations would be aimed at ensuring that active labour costs at
Canadian facilities of the three companies remain fully cost competitive with
the companies counterpart facilities in the U.S., even as those operations are
restructured in coming months.
Should these discussions result in a tentative agreement regarding
proposed changes in the existing Master Contracts with the three companies,
that agreement would be contingent upon:
- Ratification by a majority of CAW members at each company;
- Participation by the companies in a financial assistance agreement
with the Ontario and Canadian governments;
- Acceptance by the companies of agreed-upon commitments regarding
their future proportional manufacturing presence and activity in
- Development of a comprehensive and viable National Auto Strategy, on
the basis of recommendations from the Canadian Automotive Partnership
Council, which addresses the industry's challenges including one-way
trade imbalances between North America and the rest of the world.
In addition to considering possible changes to the existing collective
agreements, the auto leadership also supported the national union and Master
Bargaining Committees to engage in broader discussions with company and
government officials regarding alternative mechanisms for funding legacy
benefits such as retiree health and pension benefits.
For further information:
For further information: Angelo DiCaro, CAW Communications, (416)
606-6311 or John McClyment, (416) 315-3202