May 17, 2004

Ford and union reach tentative agreement for new plant in Oakville, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario – Ford Motor Company and the Canadian Auto Workers union reached an operating agreement for a flexible manufacturing facility at the Company’s Oakville Ontario operations. The proposed facility, which would open in the Fall of 2006, would be capable of building four different vehicles on the same assembly line.

“The CAW has agreed to major changes approved by our membership in an effort to obtain this important billion dollar investment in this state of the art, flexible manufacturing facility,” said CAW president Buzz Hargrove. “What is now needed is the support of the provincial and federal governments. We urge them to act immediately to ensure the future of this facility.”

The future of the plant depends on whether the federal and provincial governments will throw in hundreds of millions of dollars in financial incentives. Ontario is facing competition from several U.S. states offering incentives to relocate the plant to their state.

“Our membership in Oakville have faced tremendous insecurity and they truly deserve a stronger, more secure future which this flexible high tech manufacturing facility will bring. We are urging the federal and provincial governments to support this important project for Oakville, Ontario, and Canada,” said CAW president Buzz Hargrove.

CAW local 707 represents 4300 workers at Ford Oakville.

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