While talks between the CAW and the Big 3 auto makers continues, the union is preparing its members to walk off the job at midnight Monday.
The two sides are back at the bargaining table again today, but CAW Local 444 president Dino Chiodo says it’s been frustrating. “Everything on the table is pretty much concessionary. We haven’t got a formal proposal that takes those off. So, until I see something in writing that expresses something different the original proposals that we received are the same ones from three weeks ago.”
With four days to go, Chiodo still believes a deal with Chrysler, Ford and General Motors is possible. That said, he says it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. “To think about how to shut the plant, make sure traffic is flowing, make sure people are aware that at a particular time, they won’t be going into work, they’ll be reporting for picket duty.”
The companies say they need to cut labour costs to about U.S. levels. The CAW says the proposals will create a two-tiered workforce and drastically reduce pensions.