Canadian Auto Workers May Strike, Deadline Looms

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

The dispute over policies affecting members of the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) could come to a close tonight, but a strike across Ford, Chrysler and General Motors’ Canadian operations is possible.

Collectively, the group represents 16 percent of North America’s auto production or more than 20,000 workers. If the strike happens, it would halt production on a list of vehicles including a key Cadillac launch. The dispute hinges on how automakers are pushing to hire new workers who will take lower wages.

Ford seems the most likely to reach an agreement before the deadline because it has been the most receptive to slowing those hiring rates. Meanwhile, GM and Chrysler continue to insist on a two-tier wage structure similar to what the UAW adopted.

“Should we not reach a tentative agreement before today’s deadline of September 17, 2012 at 11:59 p.m., we could have a work stoppage at any one or even all three of the companies. We are optimistic though that with this latest development a strike can be avoided.”

If talks fail, it would likely mean a strike that would deal a heavy blow to domestic auto production. For the time being, workers are cautioned to continue their jobs with union leaders warning that a failure to do so would seriously hamper their bargaining ability.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]

Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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  • Rosario Looney Rosario Looney on Sep 18, 2012

    Ford seems the most likely to reach an agreement before the deadline because it has been the most receptive to slowing those hiring rates.

  • Gaylord Beatty Gaylord Beatty on Sep 18, 2012

    GM and Chrysler continue to insist on a two-tier wage structure similar to what the UAW adopted.

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