CAW says can see finish line in contract talks with Ford

Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:31am EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - A senior official at the Canadian Auto Workers said the union hopes to reach a labor contract agreement with Ford Motor Co before Monday's end-of-day strike deadline, but added there is still work to do to get a deal.

The union, which represents about 20,000 workers at the Detroit Three automakers in Canada, chose Ford on Sunday as the lead company in contract talks, saying it has been most receptive to a CAW proposal to cut labor costs.

Talks continue with both Fiat SpA's Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors Co.

"We can see the finish line at Ford so I'm hopeful we can wrap up a deal with Ford today and announce a tentative agreement. But we still could stumble before we get there," CAW National Secretary-Treasurer Peter Kennedy told Reuters.

The union will meet with Ford later Monday morning and hopes to "put all of the final pieces together," he said.

Talks with GM have had a more positive tone than those with Chrysler, he added, but major hurdles remain.

"We're still running the race - we can't see the finish line at either General Motors or Chrysler, but I guess we're a little further around the track with GM than we are at Chrysler."

(Reporting By Susan Taylor; Editing by Peter Galloway)