WINDSOR, ON, June 25 /CNW/ - Negotiations between the CAW and Navistar
continue in Windsor Ontario, today but employer demands for concessions
including a significant downsizing of plant operations to less than 100
workers is totally unacceptable, said CAW President Ken Lewenza.
"Given what the company has put on the bargaining table, it makes it
nearly impossible for us to reach a fair and equitable agreement on behalf of
our members. These workers and the community of Chatham have earned the right
to job security and solid future employment," Lewenza said.
The proposed jobs cuts would leave over 1000 workers at the Chatham
facility on lay off with little or no chance of recall.
Lewenza noted that Navistar has made millions of dollars and
significantly increased their market share largely as a result of the products
built at the Chatham facility.
"Our union has met with both provincial and federal governments in an
attempt to bring attention to the massive downsizing of this operation and
they must play a role in order to preserve these jobs," Lewenza said.
Cathy Wiebenga, CAW Local 127 Chairperson for production and skilled
trades workers at the Chatham plant said that the company demands for massive
concessions and proposed downsizing has completely ignored the high
productivity and high quality that CAW members have produced for this
"The company's position is totally unacceptable to the bargaining
committee," Wiebenga said.
Sonny Galea, CAW Local 35 Chairperson for the office and technical
workers at the plant said that the members who design, engineer and process
the highly successful Prostar and Lonestar products are frustrated and angry
about the company demands to cut more jobs.
The union will continue working toward the expiry of the agreement on
June 30, 12:01 a.m. and beyond if necessary without strike action to try and
come to a fair and equitable agreement.
For further information:
For further information: Angelo DiCaro, CAW Communications (cell) (416)
606-6311; CAW Local 127 Plant Chairperson Cathy Wiebenga (519) 809-4603; or
CAW Local 35 Office/Technical unit Chairperson Sonny Galea (519) 436-4097