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CAW Sets Chrysler Strike Deadline

October 7, 2002

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DETROIT (AP) _ The Canadian Auto Workers on Monday set an Oct. 15 strike deadline for its 13,000 members at DaimlerChrysler AG, the last of the major U.S. automakers to negotiate a pact with the union this year.

The CAW said negotiations had begun in Toronto. Contract issues include job security issues at a van assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario.

On Sunday, more than 90 percent of unionized workers at Ford of Canada voted in favor of a new three-year deal with Ford. Workers at General Motors Canada ratified their own agreement last month.

The Ford and GM contracts have base-rate wage increases of 3 percent in each of the first two years of the contract and 2 percent in the final year, raising assembly line worker pay to $30 Canadian an hour.

The union is seeking the same wage gains at DaimlerChrysler Canada.

To avoid a strike, however, CAW President Buzz Hargrove said the two sides must also resolve the union’s job concerns at the Pillette Road van assembly plant in Windsor. The 1,200-worker factory has no new vehicle to replace Dodge Ram commercial vans that are scheduled to end production next year.

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On the Net:

Canadian Auto Workers, http://www.caw.ca

DaimlerChrysler AG, http://www.daimlerchrysler.com

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