Chrysler Reaches Some Kind of Tentative Agreement With the CAW

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
chrysler reaches some kind of tentative agreement with the caw

Last night, Chrysler announced it had broken its deadlock with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW). The press release couldn’t have been more vague if it had simply show a picture of a chocolate pavlova. Here’s the “we won’t show you the money” shot from Tom LaSorda, Vice Chairman and Co-President:

“We are extremely grateful to the CAW leadership and to its hard-working members for their openness in this challenging environment to create a new strategy that will lead this company on a path to success. We also want to recognize the Canadian Federal and Ontario governments for their energy and efforts in helping to move this great Company forward.”

Other than that, we can similar waffle from Al Iacobelli, Chief Bargainer and Vice President – Employee Relations:

“We deeply appreciate the CAW leadership’s dedication and commitment to the process by reaching this tentative agreement. The negotiation process is never easy, especially in these historically challenging times.

The forthright discussions and final decisions made by the CAW not only benefit the Canadian represented employees, but help to ensure the Company’s future competitiveness. The tentative agreement also helps move the Company one step closer to a partnership with Fiat SpA.

The CAW leadership worked around the clock for its membership to hammer out the details during an extremely complex negotiation. Chrysler management values the hard work of its CAW workforce and appreciates the great lengths the CAW management went to in order to pave the way for the Company’s future in Canada.”

So now you don’t know. The devilish details in a separate post to follow.

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  • MikeInCanada MikeInCanada on Apr 24, 2009
    The devil is in the details.... Since they've already confirmed that there is no actual $19/hour pay cut - as originally demanded - just how did they quantify all these 'work rules changes' along with whatever wage giveback was actually agreed to?

  • on Apr 25, 2009

    The union doesn't want to touch the wages since they are payed something like 2 1/4 hours per month by each member. Don't think many people working for the CAW are taking wage cuts or being layed off.