Trouble looms for Magna and CAW deal

Union local president opposes historic agreement
||Last Updated: 11/14/2007

It might not be smooth sailing for a historic deal that would make it easier for the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) to unionize Magna International's 18,000 employees at 45 auto parts shops.

Just two weeks after the Aurora, Ont.-based auto parts giant and the CAW announced the deal, in which unionized workers would give up their right to strike, Chris Buckley, president of CAW Local 222 in Oshawa, Ont., has voiced his opposition to the agreement.

"I am writing to you, in as forceful terms as I am able, to let you know that I cannot in good conscience support the national union's agreement with Magna International," wrote Buckley in an open letter to CAW president Buzz Hargrove.