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    :: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 ::

    CAW and Panic Bargaining - By Sam Gindin, Source: MR Zine via ZNet
    The permanent two-tier system, however, has been resolutely opposed by CAW President Buzz Hargrove, and its rejection has been made central to bargaining.

    The rejection of the permanent two-tier structure is indeed of crucial importance. But renaming the losses made in exchange as 'cost savings', 'offsets', or describing them as a 'creative and nimble' response, hardly negates the fact that the concessions in this collective agreement are as large as or larger than those the American UAW made in 1982. Those concessions led to harsh criticism from the Canadian wing of the union and, shortly after, to breaking away from its American parent.

    As many CAW members know from experience and the union's educational programs, concessions don't guarantee jobs.
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