August 26, 2002

Membership gives CAW strike mandate against Big Three

Toronto, ON – Members of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) who work at the Big Three automakers in Canada – General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler – have voted overwhelmingly to give union negotiators the mandate to strike, if necessary, to achieve their bargaining demands in upcoming contract talks.

CAW members at General Motors voted 97% per cent in favour of a strike. At Ford, 95% per cent voted in favour of a strike, while at DaimlerChyrsler, 97% supported a strike, if necessary.

CAW president Buzz Hargrove said the vote results show that CAW members are determined to negotiate a strong collective agreement in 2002 that provides wage gains, job and income security, time off the job, as well as benefit and working condition improvements.

“These results show that our members understand the importance of backing their bargaining committees as we head into what will be a tough round of bargaining with General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler,” Hargrove said.

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