CAW-Big Three negotiations set the mark

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/05/2003

Late next month a series of important labour negotiations will begin in downtown Toronto, and while most Canadian HR departments will have absolutely no influence on what transpires, the results will affect a great many of them.

Both the CAW and the Big Three automakers are getting ready for their traditional triennial contract talks, the results of which set important precedents for many areas of the Canadian economy, say labour experts.

Essentially the CAW-Big Three negotiations sets the benchmark for wages for just about all hourly workers in Canada, said Mitchell Fields, professor of HR and labour relations at the University of Windsor’s Centre for Executive Education. “I don’t think anyone gets better pay or benefits than the auto industry.”