August 30, 2005

CAW given strike mandate from Big Three autoworkers

Toronto, Ontario – CAW members at the Big Three automakers have voted overwhelmingly to give their bargaining committees the mandate to strike, if necessary, to achieve their bargaining demands in the current round of contract talks.

The vote, held August 28, found 97.1 per cent of GM workers, 95.5 per cent of Ford workers and 97.9 per cent of DaimlerChrysler workers voted to support a strike, if necessary.

CAW president Buzz Hargrove said the vote results show that CAW members are determined to negotiate a strong collective agreement in 2005 that provides wage and pension gains, job and income security, as well as benefit and working condition improvements.

“These results show that our members understand the importance of backing their bargaining committees as we head into what will be a tough round of bargaining with General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler,” Hargrove said.

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