The Canadian Auto Workers Union may soon be a thing of the past, but it still has to negotiate one more contract with the Big Three before its planned merger with the Canadian Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union. The current deal expires on Sept. 17, so CAW representatives are meeting with the automakers this week in Toronto – and they're coming armed with a strike authorization, according to The Detroit News.
While we can't call the vote unanimous, some 99 percent of Chrysler union members voted in favor of walking out, with 98 percent of General Motors workers and 97 percent of Ford workers authorizing the action if the parties can't come to terms. According to the report, the last CAW strike occurred in 1996.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      let them walk and bring the plants and the jobs back to the states with no unions
      • 3 Years Ago
      I used to be against unions until I found that they fought for the common laborer to get the rights we have now. I live in NC where we have a right to hire right fire law where you don't have to be given a reason to be fired or explained to why you were. It sucks! A union can protect a worker and actually allow them to have a voice and some pull. My wife and I have both been fired from jobs here with no explanation why even though we both received high remarks. She built up a steady clientele at a sports bar where I had the most positive feedback out of all the workers at an apartment complex. I'm not saying that they don't go overboard but those in power do to and don't care about people, they just care about numbers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let the Canucks strike. Then bring those jobs back home where they belong.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They're fools if they don't know that they were manuvered into the strike position. You can't have a strong bargaining position with these super-national companies. They already have plans for their next move ... and I mean move .. as they push the workers into this position (with malice aforethought. ) EVERY ex-us Auto company has invested heavily in overseas plants. Although this is just a small part of the problem it remains significant. The same BIG-MONEY interests that are collapsing world economies and snapping up national interests world-wide have a full and varied tool box.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Strike negotiations are normal, scheduled things, it means nothing. More Huff trying to stir the pot.
      • 3 Years Ago
      why is this even news? This is standard operating policy before any contract negotiation. No different than when the company says the first contract deal is their 'final' offer. Both sides play hardball in public and counter offer until a "workable" deal is finally negotiated behind closed doors. Neither side makes money when the lines aren't rolling. The strike authorization is just to show the companies that there is solidarity in the hourly ranks. All you anti union cry babies need to calm down, no one has walked off the line and I doubt they will.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The auto companies don't understand. They no longer hire people. They adopt them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hope they strike. Maybe we in the USA can take up the slack. Plenty of us want to work.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Time to move all those jobs back to idled plants in the USA.
      • 3 Years Ago
      We'll take them back home here in the U.S. I know it won't happen, that would make to much sense....but we'll take them back here none the less.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should get rid of the unions period!! Hire some people that want to work.
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, another strike, another factory getting build in least they will appreciate it...
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