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Scott Deveau
Sep 17, 2012
Financial Post

The Canadian Auto Workers union said it had reached a new four-year tentative agreement with Ford Motor Co. just hours ahead of its strike deadline Monday night.

Ken Lewenza, CAW president, said the union leadership had agreed unanimously to take the proposed contract, which runs to Sept. 2016, to its members for ratification.

He said the primary motivation for the union in the negotiations was to win new work, and said the contract with Ford would create at least 600 new jobs in the country.

Pressure was mounting on the union to get a deal ahead of its strike deadline at 11:59 p.m. Monday night.

But the union warned its membership Monday that if Chrysler and General Motors didn’t agree to follow the framework established in the Ford agreement by the strike deadline they should prepared to hit the picket lines at the other two.

The CAW over the weekend said it would be allocating all of its resources to getting a deal with Ford, in part because it was the only automaker that understood the union’s opposition to a permanent two-tier wage system being put in place in Canada.

Mr. Lewenza said the union had held “very productive” around-the-clock talks with Ford since, laying the groundwork for the new four-year deal.
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