Sep 27, 2012
By Scott Walker
There is finally labour peace throughout the Ontario auto industry.
The Canadian Auto Workers and Chrysler have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract. CAW president Ken Lewenza announced the deal at a news conference in Toronto last night. It’s based on the contract negotiated with Ford and General Motors. Ford workers have approved the deal, while GM workers are in the process of voting.
The deal makes some concessions. New hires at each of the Big Three automakers will start at $20 an hour, down from $24, and will take ten years to reach peak pay levels of $34 an hour, instead of the current six years.
The agreement with the third of the Detroit Three will ensure 20,000 Ontario auto workers will stay on the job.