TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - CAW members at Chrysler have approved a
new collective agreement, voting 90 per cent in favour of ratification.
Voting took place at a series of ratification meetings held Saturday
September 29 and Sunday September 30 in Windsor, Brampton and
The contract with Chrysler follows the pattern deal set with Ford on
September 17, and mirrored in the agreement with General Motors reached
on September 20. Ford and GM workers ratified the agreement by margins
of 82 per cent and 73 per cent, respectively.
The Chrysler agreement includes a $3,000 ratification bonus for workers
as well as cost of living lump sum payments of $2,000 in each of 2013,
2014 and 2015. It offers protection of current pension benefits for
existing workers, as well as job commitments in all locations.
Below is the breakdown of the Chrysler ratification votes by
Production - 90 per cent
Skilled Trades - 93 per cent
Office & Security - 98 per cent
Now that union members have officially signed off on the three major
auto agreements, CAW President Ken Lewenza said the union will shift
attention toward winning a long-overdue national auto policy for
"One of our objectives coming into these talks was to position our
industry for future growth and success, and we did as much as we
possibly could on that front," Lewenza said. "But without a
comprehensive sector development strategy, the future of auto
manufacturing in Canada remains uncertain, at best."
Lewenza said that, like in most major auto-producing nations (including
Germany, Brazil and others), a national auto policy can lay the
foundation for the sector's ongoing competitiveness and prosperity, and
avoid a 'race-to-the-bottom' on working conditions. He said the union
is going to re-double its effort to win the active support of the
federal government on this issue.
The CAW's Re-Think Canada's Auto Industry campaign proposals include the development of a transparent and
consistent auto investment policy, building a green industry, a
buy-Canadian vehicle purchasing strategy, a re-think on automotive
trade policy, negotiating Canadian manufacturing footprint commitments,
in addition to a number of other measures.
The CAW represents 21,000 workers at the Detroit Three auto companies,
including 8,000 Chrysler workers.
To read the CAW's auto sector policy proposal, visit: www.rethinktheeconomy.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
For more information, contact CAW Communications: Angelo DiCaro (416) 606-6311 or John McClyment (416) 315-3202