CAW Members At Ford Vote In Favor Of Tentative Agreement

TORONTO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ - CAW members who work at Ford Canada have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new three-year collective agreement.

Thousands of Ford workers attended ratification meetings Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 in locations across Ontario.

Ford production workers voted 94.9% per cent in favour, while skilled trades voted 95.5%.

CAW president Buzz Hargrove said the strong support for the agreement shows that the vast majority of union members believe the CAW has negotiated a good agreement in a tough environment.

"We had to negotiate solutions to some very tough problems with Ford in this bargaining," said Buzz Hargrove, CAW President, noting the closure of the Windsor castings plant and the phase-out of the V6 engine at Essex engine and the loss of an estimated 1100 jobs over the term of the agreement.

"Instead of solely resisting change, we've put the focus on managing change in a compassionate way. We negotiated generous severance provisions, and hope to offset all job losses through early retirement and preferential hiring at other locations," Hargrove added. "Our members trusted their union to defend their interests as best we could through the coming restructuring, and these strong ratification votes prove that trust was well-deserved."

Hargrove said that other companies could learn a lesson from how the CAW and Ford dealt with the restructuring issue. "The company was honest and frank with us, and together we were able to address those challenges in a manner that clearly satisfied our members."

At DaimlerChrysler intense negotiations continue as expiry of the current settlement approaches at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, September 20. The CAW/DaimlerChrysler bargaining committees have been working hard to settle outstanding issues, including those involving work organization and job security.

    FORD 2005 Ratification Results


                  Local 707                       Local 200


                   Yes     No   Total     %        Yes     No   Total     %
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------

                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------
    Production    1079    108   1187    90.9%     1960     71   2031    96.5%
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------
    Trades         196     13    209    93.8%      659     30    689    95.6%
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------
    Total         1275    121   1396    91.3%     2619    101   2720    96.3%
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------


                  Local 240                       Local 1520


                   Yes     No   Total     %        Yes     No   Total     %
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------

                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------
    Production      47      0     47   100.0%      892     38    930    95.9%
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------
    Trades           0      0      0               158      5    163    96.9%
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------
    Total           47      0     47   100.0%     1050     43   1093    96.1%
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------


                  Local 584                       Local 1324


                   Yes     No   Total     %        Yes     No   Total     %
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------

                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------
    Production     139      3    142    97.9%       13      0     13   100.0%
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------
    Trades           0      0      0       0         0      0      0       0
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------
    Total          139      3    142    97.9%       13      0     13   100.0%
                 ----------------------------    ----------------------------

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                                 Grand Total


                                                   Yes          No      Total          %
                                                                  ---------------------------
                                                                  ---------------------------

                                                                  ---------------------------
                    Production  &  Office        4130        220      4350        94.9%
                                                                  ---------------------------
                    Trades                                  1013          48      1061        95.5%
                                                                  ---------------------------
                    Total                                    5143        268      5411        95.0%
                                                                  ---------------------------
 

CONTACT: CAW Communications, Jim Pare, cell (416) 723-2224 or John
McClyment, cell (416) 315-3202




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