September 30, 2002

Hargrove optimistic CAW will reach deal with Ford

Toronto, Ontario – Ford will present its settlement offer to the
Canadian Auto Workers union at 10:00 a.m. today. Talks have continued throughout the weekend in advance of Ford’s offer.

“We have made progress at every local and sub-committee level and significant progress on the tough job situation at Oakville,” CAW president Buzz Hargrove said, “and I am very optimistic that we’ve made enough progress that we will reach a deal in advance of the strike deadline.”

A press briefing will be held at 10:45 a.m. today following the meeting with
the company. The briefing will be held in the Elizabeth Suite of the Toronto
Colony Hotel, 89 Chestnut Street.

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