TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - CAW negotiators have reached a new
four-year tentative agreement with Chrysler Canada, which follows the
same key economic features as the pattern agreements reached earlier
with Ford and General Motors.
CAW President Ken Lewenza outlined some key details of the tentative
agreement at a media conference tonight at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in
"We achieved the entire pattern intact," Lewenza said.
The agreement includes a $3,000 bonus for members after ratification and
cost of living lump sum payments of $2,000 in December of each of 2013,
2014, and 2015.
He said the agreement provides protection of current pension benefits
for existing workers.
The company agreed to the same 10-year new hire grow-in program included
in the Ford and GM agreements with new hires starting at $20.40, which
is equal to 60 per cent of the current base rate and grow in to full
compensation after 10 years.
CAW members at Ford voted 82 per cent in favour of their agreement at
ratification meetings September 22 and 23. CAW members who work at
General Motors started voting on their tentative agreement at
ratification meetings September 26 with voting to wrap up September 27.
Chrysler workers will vote on the tentative agreement at ratification
meetings in Brampton, Etobicoke and Windsor, Ontario on September 29
Here is a list of ratification dates, times and locations:
Saturday, September 29:
CAW Local 195, (7 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.), CAW Local 195 Hall, 3400 Somme
CAW Local 1459, (11 a.m.), Oasis Convention Centre, Rooms A & B, 1036
Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga.
Sunday, September 30:
CAW Local 444, (9:30 a.m.), (production followed by skilled trades)
Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor;
CAW Local 1498, (10 a.m.), CAW Local 444 Hall, 1855 Turner Road,
CAW Local 1285, (office unit) (9 a.m.), CAW Local 1285 Hall, 23 Regan
CAW Local 1285, (12 p.m. skilled trades), (2 p.m. production),
International Centre, Hall 4A, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
CAW Communications Shannon Devine (cell) 416-302-1699