It can be said that this treaty symbolizes the end of the era of the refreshing and pioneering leadership of the CAW in the fight against neoliberalism in the labour movement and in the workplace. The era, which began with the challenge of concessions, bonuses, free trade and the effects of lean production, ended with an agreement that lags behind the UAW, which “directs” the introduction of defined benefit pensions and locks it into the two-tier staff. At GM, the contract was 65% its lowest since the creation of the CAW. 70 per cent of the ACF. Many workers were pleased that some kind of investment had been promised, that there had been increases (albeit modest) and that full-time work had been promised to the SWE. But others saw the weaknesses of the agreements. The small number of ratifications reflected profound differences within the membership and an important and critical component of resistance to the model. Even when the Oakville negotiating committee agreed on the agreement (including the local president and the plant president), the treaty was rejected. It`s unprecedented. With real leadership (from below or from above), this vote could have carried the full membership of Ford. Members who have questions about any of the content on this site can email us firstname.lastname@example.org. All other collective agreement issues should first be addressed to your appropriate local union representative.
Clearly, the two-step wage structure, which former CAW President Bob White once called “cancer,” would not be eliminated or reduced in these agreements. “The threat outlined in this agreement will be felt by our colleagues at Ford and De Chrysler, as the typical negotiations advance similar rules for their workers,” GM SWE Corey Weir wrote on the eve of the ratification vote on the RankandFile.ca work site. “Tomorrow we will have to revoke this and take a stand against any provisional agreement that opposes a fundamental principle of unionism – equal pay for equal work. It`s time to draw that line in the sand and keep it. But as of October 31, Unifor residents reached a preliminary agreement with Ford, based on the model.