Chrysler workers furious over CEO’s letter

Communication could constitute unfair labour practice: Labour expert
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/03/2009

In an unusual and controversial step, Chrysler sent a 1,056-word letter to 9,000 Canadian employees last month.

The letter, signed by Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli and president Tom LaSorda, outlined the serious challenges facing the automaker, and the conditions both the United States and Canadian governments have placed on loans to keep the company afloat. It stated the company had to reduce “all-in” labour costs from $76 per hour to about $57 per hour, to be competitive with a Toyota Canada plant.

The executives were critical of the Canadian Auto Workers union, saying its posturing was jeopardizing the future of Chrysler and its operations in Canada.