May 26, 2003
Union leader writes letter to Prime Minister to help regain Chrysler plant
Toronto, Ontario – Canadian Auto Workers president Buzz Hargrove has written a letter to Prime
Minister Jean Chrétien in an effort to reverse DaimlerChrysler’s decision to abandon its plan for a new Windsor facility. Hargrove urged Chrétien to call a meeting of the stakeholders.
The letter states: “The opportunity represented by this facility was largely due to the hard
work we did in bargaining an agreement with DaimlerChrysler regarding the investment, in October 2002. It has been extremely frustrating for CAW while discussions occurred between the corporation and the federal and provincial governments, with no input or even updates for our union from either the company or the governments.
Having said that, we cannot let this incredible opportunity slip through our grasp without exhausting every potential avenue. I am therefore writing to urge you to jointly convene a meeting of the key stakeholders in the project – DaimlerChrysler; the federal, provincial,
and municipal governments; the CAW; and the key top-tier suppliers which would have participated in the project – to frankly consider the economic hurdles to the project, and work honestly together to see if those hurdles can be overcome.”