Canadian autoworkers authorize strike against Ford, GM, Chrysler

August 27, 2012
Canadian autoworkers authorize strike against Ford, GM, Chrysler
By MELISSA BURDEN / The Detroit News
Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. hourly workers represented by the Canadian Auto Workers have voted to strike, if necessary, as the parties work toward new contracts, the CAW said Monday.

CAW is negotiating with each of the companies ahead of a Sept. 17 contract expiration. The CAW is expected to meet with the automakers Monday and Tuesday in downtown Toronto.

Ninety-nine percent of Chrysler CAW members voted in favor of striking if necessary compared to 98 percent of GM workers and 97 percent of Ford workers. Votes were held last week and over the weekend, the CAW said.

CAW President Ken Lewenza said the strike mandates show CAW members’ believe in their bargaining committees.

“Our members support their bargaining committees and trust them to negotiate a fair settlement that shares in the success of the companies,” Lewenza said in a statement.

A 1996 CAW strike against GM was the most recent CAW strike.

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