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CAW says union, Chrysler far apart

The head of the Canadian Auto Workers says his union and Chrysler Canada remain far apart as a Tuesday deadline looms.

TORONTO — The head of the Canadian Auto Workers says his union and Chrysler Canada remain far apart as a Tuesday deadline looms for the automaker to submit a restructuring proposal to the federal and Ontario governments.

The union’s negotiating team held meetings about the talks to update its membership in Brampton, Ont., and Etobicoke, Ont., today and will hold another such meeting in Windsor, Ont., on Sunday morning.

CAW President Ken Lewenza says the team “went through the difficulties” it’s having and in both meetings, it was “almost unanimous that the pattern agreement struck at General Motors must be the objective of the union.”

Lewenza says most of the discussions involving the CAW and Chrysler at a hotel in Toronto today are with smaller groups at the higher levels of both the union and automaker.

But he says he doesn’t expect face-to-face negotiations involving the master bargaining committee members today or early Sunday.

Chrysler has asked the federal and Ontario governments for US$2.3 billion in loans and is seeking deeper concessions from the CAW, including on wages, than GM agreed to earlier this month.

 
 
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