October 8, 2002

CAW sets strike deadline at DaimlerChrysler for October 15th

Toronto, Ontario – Canadian Auto Workers’ DaimlerChrysler bargaining
committee has set a strike deadline of 11.59 pm, October 15th.

CAW president Buzz Hargrove and CAW DaimlerChrysler bargaining committee
chairperson Ken Lewenza emphasized that not only must the pattern settlement
be there to avoid a strike but there also must be a resolve to job security
concerns at the Pillette Road full-size van assembly plant which is due to be closed in 2003. Over a thousand CAW workers are employed at that plant.

As well, both leaders expressed concern over the 1,000 laid off workers from the third shift in Brampton, Ontario.

The CAW represents approximately 13,000 workers at DaimlerChrysler
facilities in southern Ontario.

A lengthy strike could paralyze DaimlerChrysler

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