October 14, 2002

DaimlerChrysler to present first offer to CAW union on Monday

Toronto, Ontario – DaimlerChrysler will present its first offer to the Canadian Auto Workers union on Monday at 10:00 am.

On Saturday, CAW president Buzz Hargrove said bargaining with DaimlerChrysler is “in deep trouble” if the company continues to demand a host of concessions and refuses to identify a future product for the Pillette Road van plant in Windsor. The Pillette Road plant is scheduled to stop production in July 2003, putting 1,100 workers out of work.

“If the Company tables the economic pattern obtained at GM, but combines it with concessions and no resolution to the issues of Pillette Rd. and the Brampton laid off workers, they are putting us on strike,” says CAW President Buzz Hargrove.”

Previously, the CAW signed three year agreements with GM of Canada and Ford of Canada that include a pay increase of three percent in each of the first two years, and a two percent increase in the third year. The contracts also include 28 hours of extra paid vacation time and $1,000 signing bonuses.

DaimlerChrysler will present its offer in the Rosetti Room of Toronto’s Delta
Chelsea Hotel at 10:00 am, Monday, October 14th.

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