Auto sales boom a boost for CAW heading into fall talks

Strength in sector may allow CAW to reject UAW concessions accepted last year in U.S.
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/28/2012

A study suggesting there will be capacity shortages at the Big Three automakers within the next few years comes as no surprise to Jim Stanford, an economist with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union, but it does boost the union as it heads into contract talks this summer.

“There’s been a consistent trend in this direction,” he says. “Auto sales are rebounding and they’re stronger than expected.”

The study was done by the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., for the Canadian government.