September 27, 2006

Striking CEP union wants to negotiate with Ford

Oakville, Ontario – The Ontario head of the union representing sixteen striking Powerhouse and Water Treatment Operators at Ford’s assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario wants to start negotiations with the automaker.

“Ford thinks they can push our people around just because we’re small in numbers,” says Cec Makowski, Ontario Region of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. “But our members at Ford are not alone. They have the backing of all 150,000 CEP members from coast to coast, and the sooner the company realizes that, the sooner we can start working towards a solution to this strike.”

CEP national representative Zoran Grgar said the company failed to address key issues of job security and pension funding in negotiation and mediation talks, which have taken place since the workers’ last collective agreement expired in November of 2005. The workers struck at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Both union officials have called upon Ford to return to the bargaining table and address the key issues.

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