CAW Members at Chrysler Ratify Restructuring Agreement



    TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Thousands of CAW members working at Chrysler
facilities in Brampton, Windsor and Etobicoke have voted in favour of a new
restructuring agreement, ratifying the deal by 87 per cent during a series of
meetings held over the past two days. The deal was reached on April 24 between
the two sides.
    "Our members understand better than anyone the current turmoil of the
domestic auto industry," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. "The high acceptance
of this agreement is a recognition that although workers did not cause this
crisis, we all have an interest in maintaining good jobs and ensuring the auto
industry remains central to the overall Canadian economy."
    The deal is the second cost-cutting agreement reached between the CAW and
Chrysler in less than a year and includes cuts to benefits, a reduction in
time off, relief time and the formation of Canadian Health Care Trust fund,
the first of its kind in the country.
    The CAW-Chrysler deal will be the basis for negotiating new agreements
with General Motors and Ford, said Lewenza. No dates have been set for opening
negotiations with either of the other two companies.

    
    The results by location are as follows:

    CAW Local 1459, Etobicoke
    Production: 92% in favour
    Skilled Trades: 76% in favour
    Office: 100% in favour
    Combined total: 88% in favour

    CAW Local 1285, Brampton
    Production: 76% in favour
    Skilled Trades: 91% in favour
    Office: 100% in favour
    Combined total: 79% in favour

    CAW Local 444, Windsor
    Production: 90.5% in favour
    Skilled Trades: 88.9% in favour
    Combined total: 90.3% in favour

    CAW Local 1498
    Office: 97% in favour

    CAW Local 195
    Security: 100% in favour

    Combined Totals:
    Total Production: 86% in favour
    Total Skilled Trades: 89% in favour
    Total Office: 99% in favour
    Total Security: 100% in favour

    Overall total: 87% in favour
    





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