WKU Public Radio News Staff
Business /Auto Workers
Mon August 27, 2012
Canadian Auto Workers Could Go on Strike
Officials with the Canadian Auto Workers Union say workers with Chrysler, GM, and Ford have voted overwhelmingly for strike action if the union isn't able to reach agreements with the Big Three Detroit automakers.
According to the Union leaders, 99% of Chrysler workers, 98% of GM workers, and 97% of Ford workers in Canada have voted in favor of strike action.
Negotiations on a new contract started earlier this month amid charges that Canada is the most expensive place in the world to produce a vehicle. The Canadian Auto Workers Union says it made major concessions during the last round of talks and says workers want to share in profits. The current contract is scheduled to expire on September 17th.
The last CAW strike occurred in 1996, when Canadian workers went on strike against General Motors.