Ford Pitches In $1.45 Million To Help Collins & Aikman Workers

    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - CAW Local 303 members who work at the
Scarborough Collins & Aikman plant in east end Toronto were on the job today
after taking over their plant because the company has refused to pay severance
to laid off workers.
    The CAW reached an agreement with DaimlerChrysler on the weekend to pay
$1.8 million toward the severance pay for their proportion of the historical
work they have received from the Scarborough plant.
    Now, Ford Motor Company has agreed to pay $1.45 million for its share of
the past production it has received from the plant.
    The CAW continues to pressure General Motors to follow the Ford and
DaimlerChrysler pattern.
    "The situation faced by workers at Collins & Aikman is happening all too
frequently in Canada. There is no legislation to protect workers from
employers that cut and run from their responsibilities to workers when plants
close," said CAW president Buzz Hargrove. "We fully expect General Motors to
come to the plate to help our members at Collins & Aikman and the CAW will be
pressing governments for stronger legislation to protect workers."
    "Canada's manufacturing sector is in crisis and no one in Ottawa is
listening," Hargrove added.
    The Scarborough Collins & Aikman plant supplies plastic dashboard parts
to GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler. The plant once employed more than 400 people,
but that has dwindled to about 100.

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For further information: Elaine White, CAW Communications, (416)

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