TORONTO (WWJ) – On the eve of the start of contract talks with the Detroit Three carmakers, the leader of the Canadian Auto Workers Union says there’s one issue above all others, jobs.
“Two of the three companies still have a significant amount of members on layoff,” CAW President Ken Lawenza told WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert. “So, needless to say jobs are going to be the key to these negotiations from the union perspective.”READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Theaters & Politics
Talks will take place in Toronto, beginning with Chrysler and General Motors on Tuesday, and expanding to include Ford on Wednesday. The deadline is mid-September.
Last year’s contract with the UAW here in the U.S. included improved profit-sharing, instead of pay hikes. While the CAW doesn’t like this, Lawenza says his negotiating team will be flexible.