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Ford Joins Chrysler In Criticizing CAW-GM Deal

Automaker says a new deal for union concessions at General Motors of Canada doesn't cut labor costs enough to keep Ford competitive.

TORONTO (CP) -- Ford is joining Chrysler in telling the Canadian Auto Workers that a new deal for concessions at General Motors doesn't cut labor costs enough to keep the company competitive.

Joe Hinrichs, group vice-president for global manufacturing and labor affairs at Ford's parent company in Detroit, is calling on the CAW to work with Ford "to find additional cost savings" at the company's Canadian operations.

Workers at GM of Canada voted Wednesday to accept concessions that would freeze their wages, eliminate bonuses and some vacation time, and raise health-care expenses until September of 2012.

Hinrichs's statement follows a comment Wednesday by Chrysler president Tom LaSorda, who said concessions at GM are "unacceptable."

LaSorda told a parliamentary subcommittee if there aren't more cuts by the CAW, Chrysler may permanently close its two assembly plants in Ontario.

CAW president Ken Lewenza says there is "no way" Canadian workers at Chrysler and Ford would accept more concessions than their counterparts at GM.

Lewenza adds "we're not breaking the pattern."

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