October 20, 1999 |
The Canadian Auto Workers withdrew an 11:59 p.m. Tuesday deadline to strike General Motors Corp. after bargainers reached "the framework for a tentative agreement," union President Buzz Hargrove said. The pact was expected to be formalized Tuesday night, after which the CAW would recommend that its 22,000 GM members ratify it, the Hargrove said. GM issued a brief statement saying it and the union had reached a tentative agreement.
October 4, 1999
The Canadian Auto Workers union threatened a strike at DaimlerChrysler at midnight Tuesday unless Canada's largest auto-parts supplier, Magna International Inc., recognizes the union at an Ontario plant. The CAW said most of the 550 workers at Magna's Integram-Windsor seating plant near Windsor, which makes seats for DaimlerChrysler minivans, have signed membership cards.
September 22, 1999 |
Negotiators with the Canadian Auto Workers union and Ford Motor Co. reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract, averting a possible strike. The contract calls for a raise of 4.5% a year with a one-time signing bonus of $678 (U.S.), CAW President Buzz Hargrove said. The average Canadian line worker at Ford earns a base wage of about $16 an hour and skilled workers earn $19. Similar workers in the U.S. earn $20.71 and $24.38 an hour, respectively.
September 18, 1999 |
The head of the Canadian Auto Workers union said he was shocked by Ford Motor Co.'s initial contract proposal and that it would be nearly impossible to reach an agreement before the midnight Tuesday deadline. "It's so bad, it jeopardizes their ability to get a settlement without a work stoppage," said CAW President Buzz Hargrove. Ford had offered a $340 (U.S.) lump-sum payment in the first year and 1% wage increases in the second and third years. The CAW represents about 13,000 Ford workers.
September 9, 1999 |
The Canadian Auto Workers will negotiate first with Ford Motor Co. on a labor accord that will set a pattern for contract talks with General Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler. The CAW chose Ford partly because the United Auto Workers union said it won't negotiate first with the world's No. 2 auto maker, CAW President Buzz Hargrove said. The CAW contract with Ford, GM and DaimlerChrysler expires at midnight Sept. 21.