The Truth About Cars » contract negotiation 2012 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 16:40:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » contract negotiation 2012 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com CAW Workers Ratify Chrysler Agreement As The Countdown To 2016 Begins http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/caw-workers-ratify-chrysler-agreement-as-the-countdown-to-2016-begins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/caw-workers-ratify-chrysler-agreement-as-the-countdown-to-2016-begins/#comments Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:19:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462312 Workers at Chrysler plants in Windsor and Brampton, Ontario ratified the CAW’s labor agreement by an overwhelming majority, despite a lack of new product or investment at either plant. A new paint shop and a third shift at the Brampton Assembly Plant were rumored in the run-up to the deal, but neither materialized. While current […]

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Workers at Chrysler plants in Windsor and Brampton, Ontario ratified the CAW’s labor agreement by an overwhelming majority, despite a lack of new product or investment at either plant. A new paint shop and a third shift at the Brampton Assembly Plant were rumored in the run-up to the deal, but neither materialized. While current […]

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CAW And Chrysler Reach Deal: Marchionne May Get The Last Laugh http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-and-chrysler-reach-deal-marchionne-may-get-the-last-laugh/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-and-chrysler-reach-deal-marchionne-may-get-the-last-laugh/#comments Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:30:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461910 Did Ken Lewenza hose Sergio Marchionne and Chrysler? Ask me that a few days ago and I may have said yes. Now that the terms of the CAW and Chrysler have surfaced, I’m not so sure. A superficial glance at the situation seems to have the scoreboard favoring the CAW. Chrysler agreed to the pattern […]

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Did Ken Lewenza hose Sergio Marchionne and Chrysler? Ask me that a few days ago and I may have said yes. Now that the terms of the CAW and Chrysler have surfaced, I’m not so sure. A superficial glance at the situation seems to have the scoreboard favoring the CAW. Chrysler agreed to the pattern […]

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Fiat Confirms Italian Built Exports As CAW Deal Expected Today http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/fiat-confirms-italian-built-exports-as-caw-deal-expected-today/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/fiat-confirms-italian-built-exports-as-caw-deal-expected-today/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:09:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461730 With a CAW labor contract expected to be announced today, Fiat has confirmed that cars built in Italy will be exported to markets like the United States, as Fiat looks beyond its ailing home market for growth. While specific model plans for the exports weren’t announced, the rumor mill has included everything from domestic Fiat […]

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With a CAW labor contract expected to be announced today, Fiat has confirmed that cars built in Italy will be exported to markets like the United States, as Fiat looks beyond its ailing home market for growth. While specific model plans for the exports weren’t announced, the rumor mill has included everything from domestic Fiat […]

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CAW Workers Ratify Ford Agreement, No Deal With Chrysler http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-workers-ratify-ford-agreement-no-deal-with-chrysler/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-workers-ratify-ford-agreement-no-deal-with-chrysler/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:38:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461345 CAW members ratified an agreement with Ford with 82 percent in favor of the four-year labor deal that brings an overhaul to the automaker’s pension plan for assembly plant workers, and extends the new hire wage climb process. GM workers will vote on their contract later this week, while Chrysler remains the sole automaker to […]

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CAW members ratified an agreement with Ford with 82 percent in favor of the four-year labor deal that brings an overhaul to the automaker’s pension plan for assembly plant workers, and extends the new hire wage climb process. GM workers will vote on their contract later this week, while Chrysler remains the sole automaker to […]

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Editorial: Did The CAW Swindle Sergio? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/editorial-did-the-caw-swindle-sergio/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/editorial-did-the-caw-swindle-sergio/#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:45:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461230 As the Friday workday winds down, we’re still without an agreement between the CAW and Chrysler. Ford and GM are waiting on ratification by the CAW members at their plants, and it’s looking more and more like Ken Lewenza and the Canadian Auto Workers were able to outmaneuver Sergio Marchionne. In the run-up to the […]

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As the Friday workday winds down, we’re still without an agreement between the CAW and Chrysler. Ford and GM are waiting on ratification by the CAW members at their plants, and it’s looking more and more like Ken Lewenza and the Canadian Auto Workers were able to outmaneuver Sergio Marchionne. In the run-up to the […]

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GM, CAW Reach Tenative Deal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/gm-caw-reach-tenative-deal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/gm-caw-reach-tenative-deal/#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:22:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461144 The CAW and General Motors have reached a tentative agreement, sticking closely to the “pattern” set by negotiations between Ford and the CAW. The GM deal retains many of the same elements as the Ford agreement; a 10 year progression to full wages, a revised pension plan for new hires and lump sum payouts rather […]

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The CAW and General Motors have reached a tentative agreement, sticking closely to the “pattern” set by negotiations between Ford and the CAW. The GM deal retains many of the same elements as the Ford agreement; a 10 year progression to full wages, a revised pension plan for new hires and lump sum payouts rather […]

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Oshawa Consolidated Line Looks Set To Remain Closed As CAW Talks Drag On http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/oshawa-consolidated-line-looks-set-to-remain-closed-as-caw-talks-drag-on/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/oshawa-consolidated-line-looks-set-to-remain-closed-as-caw-talks-drag-on/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:02:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461067 The Windsor Star is reporting that the CAW “has all but given up” on trying to re-open the Oshawa Consolidated line that was closed earlier this year. The Star quotes CAW President Ken Lewenza as saying “We’re going to keep raising it until the deal is done…But the reality is vehicle production is based on […]

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The Windsor Star is reporting that the CAW “has all but given up” on trying to re-open the Oshawa Consolidated line that was closed earlier this year. The Star quotes CAW President Ken Lewenza as saying “We’re going to keep raising it until the deal is done…But the reality is vehicle production is based on […]

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CAW Reaches Tentative Agreement With Ford, Details Announced http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-ford-details-announced/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-ford-details-announced/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:19:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460626 Ford and the CAW have reached a 4 year collective agreement to Sept 2016. Details from the CAW press conference below. Under the proposed terms of the agreement, set to last until September, 2016, the CAW will make some concessions; a two-tier wage progression will be extended from 6 years to 10 years (as was rumored), while […]

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Ford and the CAW have reached a 4 year collective agreement to Sept 2016. Details from the CAW press conference below. Under the proposed terms of the agreement, set to last until September, 2016, the CAW will make some concessions; a two-tier wage progression will be extended from 6 years to 10 years (as was rumored), while […]

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CAW Is “Darn Close To A Deal” With Ford http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-is-darn-close-to-a-deal-with-ford/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-is-darn-close-to-a-deal-with-ford/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:32:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460621 A press conference at 4 P.M. will serve as a sort of half-time update to the looming CAW strike deadline, set for 11:59 P.M. today – but CAW President Ken Lewenza told the CBC that “We do not have a deal as of right now but … we’re picking away and we are darn close […]

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A press conference at 4 P.M. will serve as a sort of half-time update to the looming CAW strike deadline, set for 11:59 P.M. today – but CAW President Ken Lewenza told the CBC that “We do not have a deal as of right now but … we’re picking away and we are darn close […]

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With A Strike Less Than 24 Hours Away, CAW Focuses On Ford http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/with-a-strike-less-than-24-hours-away-caw-focuses-on-ford/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/with-a-strike-less-than-24-hours-away-caw-focuses-on-ford/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460535 With the CAW’s strike deadline set for 11:59 P.M tonight, the union will apparently focus on Ford as the target for a collective agreement, while also remaining in talks with Chrysler and General Motors. A failure to get a deal would result in a strike at the Canadian plants of all three auto makers, an […]

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With the CAW’s strike deadline set for 11:59 P.M tonight, the union will apparently focus on Ford as the target for a collective agreement, while also remaining in talks with Chrysler and General Motors. A failure to get a deal would result in a strike at the Canadian plants of all three auto makers, an […]

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CAW Official: “There Is No Two-Tier Structure That We’re Interested In” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-official-there-is-no-two-tier-structure-that-were-interested-in/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-official-there-is-no-two-tier-structure-that-were-interested-in/#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:49:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460413 In this episode of Two Steps Forward, One Step Back , the CAW’s Dino Chiodo, chairman of the union’s master bargaining committee for Chrysler and the President of Local 444 in Windsor, appeared to shut the door on a UAW-style two-tier wage structure for new hires. Chiodo told the CBC “The company needs to recognize and realize […]

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In this episode of Two Steps Forward, One Step Back , the CAW’s Dino Chiodo, chairman of the union’s master bargaining committee for Chrysler and the President of Local 444 in Windsor, appeared to shut the door on a UAW-style two-tier wage structure for new hires. Chiodo told the CBC “The company needs to recognize and realize […]

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Marchione: CAW Must Come To “Stark Realization” Of The Facts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/marchione-caw-must-come-to-stark-realization-of-the-facts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/marchione-caw-must-come-to-stark-realization-of-the-facts/#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:11:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460386 As negotiations between the Big Three and the CAW continue to grind away, Sergio Marchionne had more strong language for the union. Speaking at a charity event for the United Way in Detroit, Marchionne told Reuters “The facts are the facts and I think that ignoring them or sweeping them under the carpet is not […]

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As negotiations between the Big Three and the CAW continue to grind away, Sergio Marchionne had more strong language for the union. Speaking at a charity event for the United Way in Detroit, Marchionne told Reuters “The facts are the facts and I think that ignoring them or sweeping them under the carpet is not […]

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CAW Opens Door For Wage Cuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-opens-door-for-wage-cuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-opens-door-for-wage-cuts/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:50:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460250 With the CAW’s strike deadline just four days away, the union has apparently tabled a proposal to reduce wages for new hires, a move that would stop short of a true two-tier wage system, but meet a major demand of the Big Three auto makers. According to The Globe and Mail, New hires at CAW […]

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With the CAW’s strike deadline just four days away, the union has apparently tabled a proposal to reduce wages for new hires, a move that would stop short of a true two-tier wage system, but meet a major demand of the Big Three auto makers. According to The Globe and Mail, New hires at CAW […]

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CAW Leaflet Leaves Door Open For Compromise, Strike Avoidance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-leaflet-leaves-door-open-for-compromise-strike-avoidance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-leaflet-leaves-door-open-for-compromise-strike-avoidance/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459753 For all the rhetoric being passed back and forth between the OEMs and the CAW in this round of contract negotiations, the overwhelming feeling from our commenters is that there will be no strike, compromise will be had, and somehow, both sides will play it off as a victory. The latest bulletin from the CAW […]

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For all the rhetoric being passed back and forth between the OEMs and the CAW in this round of contract negotiations, the overwhelming feeling from our commenters is that there will be no strike, compromise will be had, and somehow, both sides will play it off as a victory. The latest bulletin from the CAW […]

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Marchionne: Chrysler Has “Other Options” Beyond Canada http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/marchionne-chrysler-has-other-options-beyond-canada/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/marchionne-chrysler-has-other-options-beyond-canada/#comments Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:01:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459690 With the CAW’s strike deadline looming, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is taking a harder line in the media, pushing his vision of a profit-sharing agreement between Chrysler and the CAW, while boldly stating what everyone knows, but is afraid to say; auto makers have “other options” when it comes to building cars. Chrysler, in particular, […]

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With the CAW’s strike deadline looming, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is taking a harder line in the media, pushing his vision of a profit-sharing agreement between Chrysler and the CAW, while boldly stating what everyone knows, but is afraid to say; auto makers have “other options” when it comes to building cars. Chrysler, in particular, […]

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CAW Looking To Add New Product At Ford’s Windsor Engine Plant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-looking-to-add-new-product-at-fords-windsor-engine-plant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/caw-looking-to-add-new-product-at-fords-windsor-engine-plant/#comments Sat, 08 Sep 2012 17:09:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459456 Conventional wisdom would have it that the CAW is looking to ensure the future of Ford’s Oakville plant. The Flex and Edge are built at the facility, and there has been a heated debate over whether the government of Ontario should invest money into the plant to help secure new product. But according to the […]

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Conventional wisdom would have it that the CAW is looking to ensure the future of Ford’s Oakville plant. The Flex and Edge are built at the facility, and there has been a heated debate over whether the government of Ontario should invest money into the plant to help secure new product. But according to the […]

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CAW May Try New Tactic Of Simultaneous Talks With Automakers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/caw-may-try-new-tactic-of-simultaneous-talks-with-automakers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/caw-may-try-new-tactic-of-simultaneous-talks-with-automakers/#comments Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458238   The CAW may abandon their tactic of using negotiations with one automaker as a precedent for other negotiations, and conduct simultaneous talks with Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. The CAW is holding separate talks with the Big Three automakers in Toronto, and the union is staying mum about a possible “target automaker”, in the apparent hopes […]

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  The CAW may abandon their tactic of using negotiations with one automaker as a precedent for other negotiations, and conduct simultaneous talks with Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. The CAW is holding separate talks with the Big Three automakers in Toronto, and the union is staying mum about a possible “target automaker”, in the apparent hopes […]

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CAW Approves Strike Mandate As Talks Resume Today http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/caw-approves-strike-mandate-as-talks-resume-today/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/caw-approves-strike-mandate-as-talks-resume-today/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:59:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457992 Members of the Canadian Auto Workers union have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike mandate as talks between the union and the Big Three resumed today. Workers at Chrysler, General Motors and Ford were 99, 98 and 97 percent in favor of striking respectively. The CAW hasn’t gone on strike since 1996, but President […]

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Members of the Canadian Auto Workers union have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike mandate as talks between the union and the Big Three resumed today. Workers at Chrysler, General Motors and Ford were 99, 98 and 97 percent in favor of striking respectively. The CAW hasn’t gone on strike since 1996, but President […]

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Chrysler’s “Wildcard” In Labor Talks: Marchionne http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/chryslers-wildcard-in-labor-talks-marchionne/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/chryslers-wildcard-in-labor-talks-marchionne/#comments Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:13:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457665 Chrysler is coming off a strong year sales-wise, but negotiations with the Canadian Auto Workers will force the company to make a tactical decision; should Chrysler take a tough line in an effort to reduce costs, or look for a quick settlement in order to hold off a strike, maintaining their sales hot streak. All […]

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Chrysler is coming off a strong year sales-wise, but negotiations with the Canadian Auto Workers will force the company to make a tactical decision; should Chrysler take a tough line in an effort to reduce costs, or look for a quick settlement in order to hold off a strike, maintaining their sales hot streak. All […]

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Report: CAW Will Target Chrysler For Strike http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/report-caw-will-target-chrysler-for-strike/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/report-caw-will-target-chrysler-for-strike/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:22:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457214 The Canadian Auto Workers union is expected to target Chrysler in the event of a strike, but will reportedly wait until Labor Day before taking action. CTV News reports that Tony Faria, an automotive expert at the University of Windsor, predicted Chrysler will be chosen because it has the largest Canadian footprint of the Detroit […]

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The Canadian Auto Workers union is expected to target Chrysler in the event of a strike, but will reportedly wait until Labor Day before taking action. CTV News reports that Tony Faria, an automotive expert at the University of Windsor, predicted Chrysler will be chosen because it has the largest Canadian footprint of the Detroit […]

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CAW, Auto Makers, Kick Off Talks http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/caw-auto-makers-kick-off-talks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/caw-auto-makers-kick-off-talks/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2012 17:11:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457087 The Canadian Auto Workers and the Big Three have kicked off labor talks, with the CAW taking a hard line against concessions – a position that some say, could lead to a lack of future in investment in Canadian auto manufacturing. While the CAW wants guaranteed wage and cost of living increases, the automakers want […]

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The Canadian Auto Workers and the Big Three have kicked off labor talks, with the CAW taking a hard line against concessions – a position that some say, could lead to a lack of future in investment in Canadian auto manufacturing. While the CAW wants guaranteed wage and cost of living increases, the automakers want […]

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Chrysler Would Be Hit Hardest In CAW Strike http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/chrysler-would-be-hit-hardest-in-caw-strike/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/chrysler-would-be-hit-hardest-in-caw-strike/#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:42:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454156 With 25 percent of its manufacturing capabilities in Canada, Chrysler would be hardest hit in the event of a strike by the Canadian Auto Workers union. An article in the Windsor Star outlining the upcoming negotiations between The Big Three and the CAW describes how Chrysler is most vulnerable to a potential strike by the CAW. Tony Faria, […]

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With 25 percent of its manufacturing capabilities in Canada, Chrysler would be hardest hit in the event of a strike by the Canadian Auto Workers union. An article in the Windsor Star outlining the upcoming negotiations between The Big Three and the CAW describes how Chrysler is most vulnerable to a potential strike by the CAW. Tony Faria, […]

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GM’s Akerson Asks CAW To Cut Hourly Wage Costs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/gms-akerson-asks-caw-to-cut-hourly-wage-costs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/gms-akerson-asks-caw-to-cut-hourly-wage-costs/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 18:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=448777 Calling Canada “the most expensive place in the world to build a car right now“, Dan Akerson threw his hat into the “hourly wage costs need to come down” ring at GM’s annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday. Unlike in the United States, there is no two-tier wage scale for Canadian Auto Workers union members, a […]

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Calling Canada “the most expensive place in the world to build a car right now“, Dan Akerson threw his hat into the “hourly wage costs need to come down” ring at GM’s annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday. Unlike in the United States, there is no two-tier wage scale for Canadian Auto Workers union members, a […]

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A Month Before Talks, Automakers Tell Canadian Auto Workers To Forget About Wage Increases http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/a-month-before-talks-automakers-tell-canadian-auto-workers-to-forget-about-wage-increases/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/a-month-before-talks-automakers-tell-canadian-auto-workers-to-forget-about-wage-increases/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:28:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447881 The Big Three sent letters to the Canadian Auto Workers union Wednesday, asking them to forgo a small wage increase as a means of keeping Canadian plants competitive. The wage hike, known as the Cost of Living Adjustment (or COLA), and represents the first wage increase since 2007. Though it only adds 28 cents to […]

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The Big Three sent letters to the Canadian Auto Workers union Wednesday, asking them to forgo a small wage increase as a means of keeping Canadian plants competitive. The wage hike, known as the Cost of Living Adjustment (or COLA), and represents the first wage increase since 2007. Though it only adds 28 cents to […]

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