CHICAGO Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union members have
ratified a new labor contract with Chrysler Group LLC.
The move finalizes a round of contract negotiations
between the CAW and the Canadian operations of the
Detroit-areas Big Three automakers: General Motors Co.,
Detroit; Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich.; and Chrysler, Auburn
Ninety percent of the CAWs
Chrysler members approved the contract, the union said.
The contract with Chrysler
followed the framework of agreements already ratified by
unionized workers at Ford and GM, the CAW said. It includes a
Canadian $3,000 ($3,052) signing bonus and cost-of-living
payments of C$2,000 ($2,035) in December 2013, 2014 and
The agreement also freezes the
base wage of employees for the duration of the contract,
"The new agreement rewards
employees for their commitment during our ongoing recovery and
narrows the gap on our future competitiveness here in Canada,"
Chrysler vice president of employee relations Al Iacobelli said
in a statement.
The CAW represents 8,000 workers
at Chrysler in Canada, it said.
Chrysler noted that one of every
four vehicles it produces is made in Canada.
The union will now shift its
focus toward pressing Canada to develop a national auto policy,
something vehicle manufacturing nations such as Germany and
Brazil already have in place, CAW president Ken Lewenza
"Without a comprehensive (auto) sector development strategy,
the future of auto manufacturing in Canada remains uncertain,
at best," he added.