It's not news that the CAW's membership in the major auto sector was hit hard by the financial meltdown of 2008-09, and the resulting restructuring of the whole industry.
Despite the downsizing, however, the CAW still represents 23,500 members in the industry, working at the various facilities of General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford. Most of these members work in five major auto assembly plants (1 at Ford, and 2 each at GM and Chrysler). Some work in powertrain and related in-house components work (for Ford in Windsor, for GM in St. Catharines, and for Chrysler in Etobicoke).Others work in parts depots and security operations.
The average bargaining unit in these huge plants is large: almost 2000 members per bargaining unit.
- Bargaining Highlights
- Labour Costs and the Future of North America's Auto Industry - by CAW Economist Jim Stanford, August 2011
- Health Care Trust (General Motors)
- What the Auto Industry Means to Your Community
- Auto Restructuring Negotiations 2009
- 2008 CAW/GM Truck Plant Closure