Future of St. Thomas Assembly Plant – CAW to press Ford on staying in Canada

The Canadian Auto Workers union will insist that Ford Motor Co. maintain its current manufacturing footprint in Canada as part of negotiations about helping the auto maker cut its costs here, CAW president Ken Lewenza says.

“We’re not going to go into early bargaining just because GM and Chrysler went into it,” Mr. Lewenza said yesterday. “We’ve got to get something in return and the only thing you get in return at this particular time is a commitment to product and that’s exactly what we’re going to work on.”

The Canadian manufacturing operations of Ford represent about 13 to 14 per cent of its North American manufacturing, he said.
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