CAW says shop floor leaders at GM endorse deal by margin of 99 per cent
CAW President Ken Lewenza speaks at a press conference in Toronto, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:47PM EDT
TORONTO - The Canadian Auto Workers union says 99 per cent of its shop floor leaders at General Motors have endorsed a tentative four-year deal with the automaker.
Union members in Oshawa, St. Catharines and Woodstock, Ont., will vote on the deal on Wednesday and Thursday.
An agreement reached with Ford last week was ratified over the weekend by a margin of 82 per cent.
Talks continue with Chrysler, the last of the Detroit Three automakers still at the negotiating table.
The CAW has told Chrysler workers that the Ford ratification allows it to devote its full attention to getting a deal.
The agreement Ford workers accepted -- which set the pattern for talks with the other two U.S. automakers -- included no wage increases or changes to pension plans for existing employees.