February 16, 2007

DaimlerChrysler Canada and CAW finalize workforce reduction agreement

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) and DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc. have finalized an agreement to mitigate the personal impact of the automaker’s workforce reduction plan. The programs are specifically designed for workforces at three of the company’s Ontario facilities: the Windsor Assembly Plant, Brampton Assembly Plant and Etobicoke Casting Plant.

The retirement and separation incentives are intended to help those who are eligible to retire, or interested in leaving the workforce, and allows them to do so and provide job opportunities for other workers. The incentives follow the pattern established earlier at Ford of Canada, and include $70,000 in enhanced retirement allowance for eligible production workers, and $85,000 for eligible skilled trades workers; a $30,000 voucher toward the purchase of a Chrysler vehicle; an additional $40,000 for those who retire and decline all post-retirement benefits other than pension; and a Separation of Employment offer of between $50,000 and $100,000, depending on years of service, for those not eligible to retire.

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