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CANADA-FORD-UNION
(2008-04-29)
(wgvu) - CANADIAN AUTO WORKERS PRESIDENT BUZZ HARGROVE
SAYS HIS UNION HAS AGREED TO THE OUTLINE OF A TENTATIVE THREE-YEAR
CONTRACT COVERING 8,000 WORKERS AT FORD.
THE UNION SAYS THE AGREEMENT FREEZES WAGES AND CUTS VACATION
PAY, BUT WILL AVOID CHANGES TO BASE WAGES.
IT ALSO PREVENTS A TWO-TIER WAGE SYSTEM WHERE NEW HIRES WOULD BE
PAID ABOUT HALF THE HOURLY WAGES OF OLDER EMPLOYEES.
HOWEVER, NEW HIRES START WORK AT 70 PERCENT OF THE TOP WAGE,
REACHING THE MAXIMUM THREE YEARS LATER.
THE UNION SAYS IT REACHED THE DEAL NEARLY FIVE MONTHS BEFORE THE
SEPTEMBER DEADLINE.
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