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Canada-Auto Unions
(2008-05-05)
(wgvu) - DETROIT (AP) - Ford Motor Co.'s top manufacturing executive says
the company will save money with a new contract ratified last
weekend by the Canadian Auto Workers even though it doesn't include
a lower-tier pay scale for newly hired workers.
Group Vice President of Global Manufacturing Joe Hinrichs said
in an interview Monday that Ford was able to freeze base wages and
pension costs and buy the CAW out of one week of vacation. Hinrichs
also says Ford won 30 minutes more production time at its Oakville,
Ontario, factory that makes strong-selling the Ford Edge and
Lincoln MKX crossover vehicles.
About 9,000 CAW workers at Ford approved the new three-year deal
late Sunday.
CAW President Buzz Hargrove says the Ford deal will serve as a
pattern for talks with General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC.
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