CAW willing to deal

Union proposes concessions as it fights to save jobs at Ford
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/21/2006

To entice investment from Ford, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) said it’s willing to accept cheaper wages and flexible work terms at a proposed new plant — a departure from the pattern bargaining strategy that has long been the union’s hallmark.

The proposal, revealed last month in a report obtained by the press and later publicly acknowledged by the union, came in response to Ford’s announcement early this year that it was eliminating a shift at its St. Thomas, Ont., plant in 2007.

The job cuts were part of a massive reorganization that would see 14 assembly and parts plants close by 2012 and Ford’s North American workforce reduced by up to 30 per cent. The shift reduction at St. Thomas would mean an elimination of 1,200 jobs.