CAW members putting Ford deal to a vote this weekend
CAW national president Ken Lewenza speaks at a press conference in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. (The Canadian Press/Aaron Vincent Elkaim)
Published Saturday, September 22, 2012 6:36AM EDT
TORONTO - Ford workers in Hamilton and Windsor, Ont., vote today on a four-year deal reached this week that has been endorsed by their union leadership.
Other Ford ratification meetings will be held Sunday in Windsor and Brampton, Ont.
The Canadian Auto Workers says the proposed contract would create new employment opportunities for hundreds of laid off workers and provide cost of living lump sum payments.
CAW President Ken Lewenza says despite the endorsement from union negotiators, it's up to rank-and-file members to decide.
Ratification meetings for General Motors employees on a tentative deal that will maintain 1,750 jobs that had been in question will be held next Wednesday in Oshawa, Ont.
The CAW says it hopes it's just days away from reaching an agreement with Chrysler, though Chrysler has been reluctant to follow a pattern deal reached with its rivals.