September 26, 2005

Chrysler employees ratify contract agreement

Windsor, Ontario – DaimlerChrysler employees have ratified the contract negotiated by the CAW union and DaimlerChrysler Canada following voting on September 24 and 25. The labour contract represents approximately 10,600 active employees at the company’s various Canadian facilities, primarily in Brampton, Etobicoke and Windsor, Ontario.

DaimlerChrysler production workers voted 86.2 per cent in favour of the agreement, while skilled trades voted 85.6 per cent. In addition to modest improvements in wages, pensions and other benefits, the agreement ensures the continued operation of all existing facilities and shifts, and commits the company to a major new investment in its Windsor assembly plant. The contract also provides for changes in health benefits that will save tens of millions of dollars annually, without harming the quality of benefits.

The CAW continues intense negotiations with General Motors, leading up to a deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27.

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