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Canadian Auto Workers Target Ford

Strike deadline looming at midnight.

by on Sep.17, 2012

Canadian Auto Workers Pres. Ken Lewenza has picked Ford as the union's strike target.

The Canadian Auto Workers Union has selected Ford Motor Co. as the focus of its final push for a new contract. The current agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. Monday and the CAW warns it will strike Ford if no agreement is reached before then.

It would be the first national walkout by Canadian automotive workers since 1996 and the threat underscores the remaining differences in contract talks that have turned quite bitter over industry demands for extensive concessions meant to bring down labor costs north of the border.

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During a press conference in Toronto Sunday CAW president Ken Lewenza did offer some positive encouragement, however, indicating progress was made in recent days in its talks with Ford which has been picked as the so-called “strike target.” Like its American counterpart, the union usually settles in on one maker that it sees most likely to yield the best settlement putting talks with the other Detroit makers temporarily on hold.

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Canadian Rail Strike May Mean U.S. Vehicle Shortages

GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and other makers impacted.

by on May.24, 2012

Cars being loaded by CP Rail.

Shipments of new vehicles from General Motors, Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Co., Honda and Toyota have been crippled by a strike against the sprawling Canadian Pacific Railroad by 5,000 of its workers.

Teamsters Canada walked off the job just after midnight after parties were unable to reach an agreement despite last-minute negotiations, the union said in a statement.

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“We have made every reasonable effort to get a settlement,” said Doug Finnson, vice-president of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference. “Every union member knows how important the outstanding issues are. We will not walk away from the negotiation table.”

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