DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Canadian Auto Workers union reached a deal on a new contract with General Motors, after a day of tense negotiations.
CAW President Ken Lewenza announced Thursday night in Toronto that the CAW bargaining committee endorsed the deal unanimously — although some details would still need to be worked out. Officials said contract sticking points have included whether or not the automaker is willing to add jobs in Canada.
The union decided Monday to keep working past a midnight strike deadline after reaching a tentative deal with Ford and extending its contracts with GM and Chrysler.
Lewenza said, earlier this week, that they’ve been making progress with Chrysler, but talks are still ongoing. He said that deals with GM and Chrysler must be patterned like the tentative Ford agreement – or there would be a work stoppage.
WWJ AutoBeat reporter Jeff Gilbert said the CAW union has to give the companies 24-hours notice before a walkout.
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