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 is concentrating on negotiations with Ford Motor Co. as the union looks to reach a deal that will set the outlines for agreements with General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC and avoid its first strike against a U.S.-based automaker in 16 years.
Ken Lewenza, president of the Canadian Auto Workers, said the federal government should keep its stake in General Motor Co. and acquire shares in Canadian companies such as Bombardier Inc. to protect jobs and sustain the manufacturing industry.
Canadian Auto Workers President Ken Lewenza says that Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC can afford to sign new labor contracts without work stoppages if they scale back demands for union concessions.
Ford Motor Co. enters labor negotiations in Canada today seeking concessions from its most expensive workers. With the Canadian dollar rising and U.S. workers already acquiescing to money-saving steps, union leaders will be under pressure.
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.
Chrysler Group LLC, majority-owned by Fiat SpA, and the Canadian Auto Workers union reached a four- year labor agreement yesterday, avoiding a strike and wrapping up the latest round of negotiations with the major U.S automakers.