Canadian union says trying to get Chrysler deal done

Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:11am EDT
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian Auto Workers union said on Thursday it was too soon to know if it will reach a last-minute cost savings deal with Chrysler, but that it was pushing hard to get it done.

"We're at it," Jerry Dias, an assistant to CAW President Ken Lewenza, told Reuters.

The two sides missed the midnight deadline imposed by the government of Canada and the province of Ontario to reach an agreement on concessions to help the teetering automaker qualify for billions of dollars in government aid.

But the CAW said the two sides were still meeting and still hoping to find common ground.

"We're getting there. I mean it's too early to tell, but we're all running like hell trying to get it done," said Dias, who is one of the union's lead negotiators with Chrysler.

A spokeswoman for Chrysler said the company had no comment at this time.

(Reporting by John McCrank, editing by Dave Zimmerman)

 
<p>Canadian Auto Workers union president Ken Lewenza at a news conference in Toronto, March 27, 2009.REUTERS/Peter Jones</p>