September 13, 2004

Third shift may be required at DaimlerChrysler’s Brampton, Ontario plant

Toronto, Ontario – The popularity of DaimlerChrysler’s new 300 sedan and Magnum
wagon has resulted in the auto maker investigating, as one option, a
third shift at its Brampton, Ontario plant.

In a September 10 letter to CAW president Buzz Hargrove, company vice-
president of human resources M.J. Gendregske identifies a number of issues the
company is investigating regarding “the feasibility of a competitive third

“Our union is committed to working with DaimlerChrysler to resolve the
issues which have been identified,” Hargrove said. “This is a great
opportunity to create and maintain good jobs for our members and the
community. It’s important that government plays a role in supporting training
and technology advancements needed to ensure a third shift at the Brampton

CAW Local 1285 currently represents 3000 workers on two shifts at the
Brampton plant.

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