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Talks on worker concessions at Chrysler, Ford at standstill

The head of the Canadian Auto Workers union says talks with Chryslerand Ford about possible worker concessions are at a standstill.

TORONTO — The head of the Canadian Auto Workers union says talks with Chrysler and Ford about possible worker concessions are at a standstill.

Ken Lewenza tells the Toronto Star says he’s “really disappointed,” adding there will be no discussions this weekend, but “exploratory talks” could begin Monday.

The union wants Chrysler and Ford to match concessions agreed to by workers at General Motors in Canada.

But negotiators for both sides are still disputing the average value of existing labour costs.

Ford and Chrysler claim the concessions agreed to by GM workers aren’t enough to make them competitive with their rivals.

Chrysler claims it needs to slash labour costs by $19 an hour to compete with Toyota and Honda in Canada.

 
 
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