Hargrove passes the torch

CAW leader has no regrets for early deal or Magna agreement
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/07/2008

Heading into the troubled water that is now the auto industry in Canada, Ken Lewenza, prospective president of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), said he’s steadfast on the union’s position of resisting takeaways.

“We have never ever bargained a wage reduction program,” said Lewenza, who is set to replace Buzz Hargrove next month. The union’s strategy continues to be: “Number one: what is in the best interest of our members? How do you enhance existing wages and benefits?”

After 16 years at the head of Canada’s largest private-sector union, Hargrove is retiring, six months before hitting the union’s mandatory retirement age of 65.