Ken Lewenza is stepping down as president of the Canadian Auto Workers as the union prepares to join with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada to form a group representing more than 300,000 workers.
Ford Motor Co. was chosen by the Canadian Auto Workers as the target for contract talks leading up to tomorrow’s strike deadline, with the union saying the company offers the best prospect among U.S.-based automakers for an agreement.
The Canadian Auto Workers union said its members may occupy a Caterpillar Inc. locomotive factory if they’re unsatisfied with severance payments offered by the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment.
The Canadian Auto Workers hasn’t made progress in labor negotiations with Chrysler Group LLC, General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. as current contracts near expiration, union President Ken Lewenza said.
General Motors Co. and the Canadian Auto Workers reached a tentative four-year labor agreement last night, avoiding a strike and leaving Chrysler Group LLC as the last of the major U.S. automakers without a union deal.
Talks between the Canadian Auto Workers, Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors Co. were extended past a strike deadline of midnight yesterday as the union said the parties needed more time to reach a deal.
Caterpillar Inc., the largest construction and mining-equipment maker, plans to close a Canadian locomotive plant that employs about 800 people after failing to reach an agreement with locked-out union members.
The Canadian Auto Workers union said it reached a tentative agreement with General Motors Co. to avert a strike at the company’s Canadian plants. There remain a “few hiccups” to completing the deal, union President Ken Lewenza told reporters at a Toronto hotel today. Lewenza called a press conference for later tonight, at 9:15 p.m.