canadian http://michiganradio.org en Stability for Canada's auto workers, CAW gets most of what they want http://michiganradio.org/post/stability-canadas-auto-workers-caw-gets-most-what-they-want <p>Yesterday, the Canadian Auto Workers union said that 90 percent of unionized Chrysler workers voted to approve a new deal with the company.</p><p>Ford and GM workers in Canada approved their deals last week.</p><p>So what did they get?</p><p>Here's a good write-up on the negotiations between the Canadian Auto Workers and Detroit's Big Three automakers from the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120930/BUSINESS01/309300121/CAW-got-most-of-what-it-wanted-in-contract-talks-with-Detroit-3?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s">Detroit Free Press' Brent Snavely</a>.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:15:22 +0000 Mark Brush 9309 at http://michiganradio.org Stability for Canada's auto workers, CAW gets most of what they want GM workers in Canada approve deal; Chrysler workers will vote this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-workers-canada-approve-deal-chrysler-workers-will-vote-weekend <p>21,000 unionized auto workers in Canada are another step closer to job stability until at least 2016.</p><p>Last night, union workers at General Motors plants in Canada approved a collective bargaining agreement between the Canadian Auto Workers and the auto company.</p><p id="yui_3_4_1_2_1348847028530_36">Ford workers in Canada approved their deal earlier this week. And Chrysler workers will vote this weekend.</p><p><a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2012/09/28/wdr-gm-ratify-chrysler-future.html">CBC News</a> in Windsor reports on what these deals mean:</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:04:50 +0000 Mark Brush 9286 at http://michiganradio.org GM workers in Canada approve deal; Chrysler workers will vote this weekend Canadian Auto Workers getting closer to a deal with Chrysler http://michiganradio.org/post/canadian-auto-workers-getting-closer-deal-chrysler <p>One more agreement, and the Canadian Auto Workers will be on the road to deals with all three U.S. automakers.</p><p>The CAW and Chrysler are working on finalizing a labor contract this week.</p><p>Ross Marowits of the <a href="http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/industry/Canadian+Auto+Workers+close+deal+with+Chrysler/7302441/story.html">Montreal Gazette</a> reports the two sides are close to reaching an agreement.</p><blockquote><p>The chairman of the CAW master bargaining committee for Chrysler said the two sides made significant progress over the last 24 hours.</p><p>“I think we’re closer and closer by every minute and every hour and again we’re just working at this closing up those loose ends,” Dino Chiodo said Wednesday in an interview from Toronto.</p><p>“Unless things completely fall off the rails, which I don’t see happening at this point, I think we’re moving along very well and I’m confident that sometime today or tomorrow we’ll be able to achieve the final task of wrapping this up.”</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">The bargaining teams are expected to meet tonight after 7 p.m.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">The CAW and General Motors have reached a tentative agreement. Unionized GM workers in Canada are expected to vote on the proposed agreement today and tomorrow.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Ford workers in Canada approved their agreement this past Monday.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Altogether, the CAW represents around 21,000 auto workers from the "Big Three." Wed, 26 Sep 2012 21:06:36 +0000 Mark Brush 9250 at http://michiganradio.org Canadian Auto Workers getting closer to a deal with Chrysler Canadian Auto Workers: Deal done with Ford, GM close, now it's Chrysler's turn http://michiganradio.org/post/canadian-auto-workers-deal-done-ford-gm-close-now-its-chryslers-turn <p><strong>Ford's</strong> union workers in Canada have approved a four-year contract with the company.</p><p>And the Canadian Auto Workers union have a tentative agreement with <strong>GM</strong>.</p><p>Now, talks with <strong>Chrysler</strong> continue this week.</p><p><a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2012/09/24/wdr-caw-chrysler-contract-talks.html">CBC Windsor</a> has the latest on the talks:</p><blockquote><p>The CAW's president, Ken Lewenza, knows it's not going to be easy with Chrysler. Company executives have made it clear they want an agreement that lowers labour costs to match those in the United States.</p><p>Lewenza said it could be days before there is a tentative agreement between the two sides.</p><p>"We can get a deal. I've a great deal of respect for [Chrysler CEO Sergio] Marchionne and his management team," Lewenza said. "I don't hide that and I think he's got respect for our union. But at the end of the day, you can only respect each other when you dot the I's and cross the T's."</p></blockquote><p>If talks stall, the CAW can strike.</p><p>But with a deal signed with Ford, and a final deal with GM expected to be approved by GM union workers in Canada&nbsp; this week, a strike at Chrysler plants in Canada doesn't seem likely. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:23:14 +0000 Mark Brush 9209 at http://michiganradio.org Canadian Auto Workers: Deal done with Ford, GM close, now it's Chrysler's turn Commentary: Chrysler and Canada http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-chrysler-and-canada <p>We’ve got a lot going on in Michigan, to put it mildly, and I would guess that you haven’t been paying much attention to the union negotiations that have been going on in Canada.</p><p>That’s understandable -- but they could have a significant impact on the economy in this part of the world. The Canadian Auto Workers union used to be part of the UAW, before breaking off and becoming independent in the 1980s.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:36:18 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9181 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Chrysler and Canada Stateside for Thursday, September 20, 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-september-20-2012 <p>On today's show we talk with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton updates on CAW negotiations. We talk with University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman about her upcoming trip to Brazil. We get an update on Michigan wines and the Detroit Film Festival. We talk with Rick Devos about ArtPrize. We visit Ypsilanti and tour "Pianos around Town.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:04:21 +0000 Mark Brush 9175 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, September 20, 2012 Canadian Auto Workers inch closer to deal with GM, Chrysler http://michiganradio.org/post/canadian-auto-workers-inch-closer-deal-gm-chrysler <p>The head of the Canadian Auto Workers union says General Motors is waiting for a counter proposal from the union, and he says there has been significant progress toward a new labor deal.</p><p>CAW President Ken Lewenza says the union will make the offer today. He also says progress has been made with Chrysler.</p><p>The union reached a tentative deal with Ford earlier this week.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2012/09/18/wdr-caw-chrysler-gm-strike-warning.html">CBC News Windsor</a>:</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:06:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9150 at http://michiganradio.org Canadian Auto Workers inch closer to deal with GM, Chrysler Will Canadian Auto Workers union strike? We may know in 5 days http://michiganradio.org/post/will-canadian-auto-workers-union-strike-we-may-know-5-days <p align="LEFT">Just five days remain before an existing contract&nbsp;between the Canadian Auto Workers and Ford, GM, and Chrysler&nbsp; expires.&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">Members of the union previously authorized their leaders to call a strike - but it's a double edged sword for the union.</p><p align="LEFT">Ken Lewenza is National President of the Canadian Auto Workers.</p><p align="LEFT">He says the union is willing to come up with a deal that&nbsp;preserves the Detroit Three's Canadian labor costs as they are now.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:02:16 +0000 Tracy Samilton 9045 at http://michiganradio.org Will Canadian Auto Workers union strike? We may know in 5 days Enbridge pays $3.7 million fine to feds for 2010 Michigan oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-pays-37-million-fine-feds-2010-michigan-oil-spill <p>The U.S. Department of Transportation has closed its pollution case against the owner of a pipeline that ruptured in 2010, spewing oil into the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>Federal regulators say Enbridge paid a $3.7 million fine to the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) last month.</p><p>The company is responsible for <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/enbridge">the largest inland, freshwater oil spill in U.S. history</a>.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:59:38 +0000 Mark Brush 9028 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge pays $3.7 million fine to feds for 2010 Michigan oil spill Big 3 U.S. automakers facing strikes in Canada? http://michiganradio.org/post/big-3-us-automakers-facing-strikes-canada <p>There's one week left in contract negotiations with the Canadian Auto Workers union, and it appears there are still some major sticking points in negotiations.</p><p>We posted last week that the union voted to authorize a strike if they determined one was needed.</p><p><a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/10/canada-autotalks-idINL1E8KA4TQ20120910">Reuters reports</a> plans for a potential strike are moving forward.</p><blockquote><p><span id="articleText">Strike captains at the union, which represents about 20,000 members at the three companies, were to meet in Toronto on Monday to advance plans for a triple strike.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">"All three bargaining committees are determined to reject these demands and reach a fair deal," the CAW said in a leaflet distributed to members on Monday.</span></p><p><span id="articleText">"The union recognizes the fragility of the industry and the need to stabilize fixed costs, while finding a solution rewards members' work. Unfortunately, our efforts have not been met with equal willingness by the companies to negotiate fair terms," the leaflet said.</span></p></blockquote><p>The last time the Canadian Auto Workers went on strike was in 1996. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:36:04 +0000 Mark Brush 9011 at http://michiganradio.org Big 3 U.S. automakers facing strikes in Canada? Canadian Auto Workers authorize strike against Ford, Chrysler, GM http://michiganradio.org/post/canadian-auto-workers-authorize-strike-against-ford-chrysler-gm <p>The Canadian Auto Workers union said today its members have voted to strike against Chrysler, Ford, and GM, if necessary.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120827/AUTO01/208270373#ixzz24kzSn2qw">Detroit News</a> reports the CAW is negotiating new contracts with the automakers. Current contracts are set to expire on September 17:</p><blockquote><p>The CAW is expected to meet with the automakers Monday and Tuesday in downtown Toronto.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:57:41 +0000 Mark Brush 8827 at http://michiganradio.org Canadian Auto Workers authorize strike against Ford, Chrysler, GM Enbridge Energy holds open house on oil pipeline plans http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-energy-holds-open-house-oil-pipeline-plans <p>Last night, dozens of people in Marshall had a chance to look at plans for a new oil pipeline that would run through their mid-Michigan community.</p><p>The new pipeline would replace an older one that ruptured two years ago, resulting in a massive oil spill.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 03:56:36 +0000 Steve Carmody 8028 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge Energy holds open house on oil pipeline plans Enbridge will outline plans for new oil pipeline tonight in Marshall http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-will-outline-plans-new-oil-pipeline-tonight-marshall <p>Enbridge Energy officials will to meet tonight with people in Marshall to lay out their plans for a new oil pipeline.</p><p>Two years ago, an Enbridge pipeline ruptured near Marshall, leaking more than 800 thousand gallons of crude oil. &nbsp;&nbsp;Only last week, state and federal officials announced the reopening of most of the Kalamazoo River, which has been closed to the public so crews could clean up the oil spill. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7995 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge will outline plans for new oil pipeline tonight in Marshall Most of the Kalamazoo River, closed since a 2010 oil spill, is being reopened http://michiganradio.org/post/most-kalamazoo-river-closed-2010-oil-spill-being-reopened <p>Much of the Kalamazoo River, closed to the public since the 2010 Enbridge oil spill, is now reopened.</p><p>It&rsquo;s been nearly two years since a broken pipeline near Marshall leaked more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil that eventually fouled more than 30 miles of the Kalamazoo River. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 16:40:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 7970 at http://michiganradio.org Most of the Kalamazoo River, closed since a 2010 oil spill, is being reopened Enbridge officials meet this week with Michigan regulators on proposed oil pipeline http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-officials-meet-week-michigan-regulators-proposed-oil-pipeline <p><a href="http://www.enbridge.com/">Enbridge Energy</a> will take its <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/MediaCentre/News.aspx?yearTab=en2012&amp;id=1615198">plans for a new oil pipeline </a>across the state of Michigan to state regulators this week.</p><p>The new pipeline will replace the one that ruptured in 2010, spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 19:49:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 7762 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge officials meet this week with Michigan regulators on proposed oil pipeline Crews continue to search for oil on the bottom of the Kalamazoo River http://michiganradio.org/post/crews-continue-search-oil-bottom-kalamazoo-river <p>We&rsquo;re coming up on two years since a pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy ruptured. More than 840,000 gallons of tar sands oil spilled into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency says most of the oil has been removed from the creek and the river. But there&rsquo;s still oil at the bottom of the Kalamazoo River. This spring, the company, the state and the EPA will be figuring out how much oil is left... and where it is.</p><p>&ldquo;The pipeline break location was approximately a half mile upstream from here.&rdquo;</p><p>Mark DuCharme is with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. We&rsquo;re standing on a two-lane road looking out at Talmadge Creek.</p><p>&ldquo;Shortly after the spill, you couldn&rsquo;t actually even see the creek. If you were down at this location, all you could see is oil. These banks were heavily oiled as well, so just catastrophic damage.&rdquo;</p><p>He says things have come a long way at this site. Enbridge moved the creek out of its normal path... they actually diverted it and ran it through a pipeline. Then, they dug up the contaminated creek bed. Now, the creek is back in place. Enbridge put in clean soil, and then added seeds from native wetland plants.</p><p>Little green shoots are pushing up through the ground.</p><p>But there&rsquo;s still a long road ahead. Mark DuCharme says Enbridge has more restoration work to do at Talmadge Creek... and then the DEQ will require long-term monitoring.</p><p>&ldquo;Can we replace it to the exact condition it was prior? Probably not. Can we go back and put something back that will be an acceptable ecosystem? That&rsquo;s the expectation.&rdquo;</p><p>DuCharme says tar sands oil is very heavy, and very thick - and that has made the cleanup more difficult.</p><p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:53:19 +0000 Rebecca Williams 7016 at http://michiganradio.org Crews continue to search for oil on the bottom of the Kalamazoo River New Kalamazoo River oil spill cleanup plan due today http://michiganradio.org/post/new-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-cleanup-plan-due-today <p>Nearly 15 months after an oil spill fouled miles of the Kalamazoo River, <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/AboutEnbridge/CorporateSocialResponsibility/Environment/MichiganSpill.aspx">the pipeline&rsquo;s owner</a> is submitting an updated cleanup plan to the federal Environmental Protection Agency today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The July 2010 pipeline break spewed more than 840 thousand gallons of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar_sands">Canadian tar sands crude oil</a> into the Kalamazoo River.&nbsp;&nbsp; Hundreds of workers have spent the past year removing contaminated soil, sucking up submerged oil and rehabbing endangered wildlife. But the work is far from over.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A company spokesman says senior Enbridge officials spent Thursday reviewing and revising the new cleanup plan, that the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/enbridgespill/documents.html">EPA demanded </a>after the company missed an August deadline.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The new plan will detail how Enbridge plans to complete the removal of submerged oil in the Kalamazoo River,&nbsp; remove oil and contaminated soil beyond the river bank and how they&rsquo;ll reassess their cleanup plans in 2012.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Enbridge officials estimate the cleanup will eventually cost the pipeline company <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204831304576595181175187722.html">$700 million. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4640 at http://michiganradio.org New Kalamazoo River oil spill cleanup plan due today Rep. Miller expected to introduce bill to secure U.S. borders http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-miller-expected-introduce-bill-secure-us-borders <p>U.S. Representative <a href="http://candicemiller.house.gov/">Candice Miller</a> (R-Harrison Township) is expected to introduce a bill today that would order the Department of Homeland Security to create a plan to secure 100 percent of the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada, the Detroit News <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110331/POLITICS02/103310388/1024/POLITICS03/Miller-bill-seeks-%E2%80%98100-percent%E2%80%99-secure-U.S.-borders-by-2016">reports</a>. From the News:</p><blockquote><p>A draft copy of the bill, the Secure Border Act of 2011, was obtained Wednesday by The Detroit News. It would require DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and her agency, within 180 days of its passage, to identify how to bring the northern and southern borders under full &quot;operational control&quot; &mdash; meaning authorities have clear ways of patrolling and controlling passage over a border &mdash; within five years.</p><p>Achieving full operational control of the borders would likely cost hundreds of millions of dollars or more, if current projections are any indication.</p><p>Among the potential solutions are increased levels of fencing and boosted patrols on the southern border, while the U.S.-Canada border would be a prime candidate for a beefed-up Coast Guard presence in the Great Lakes, watch towers like those deployed along the St. Clair River and unmanned aerial drones in use in states like Arizona.</p><p>Both borders are far below that 100 percent goal. Forty-four percent of the U.S.-Mexican border is estimated to be under operational control; the U.S.-Canadian border is less than 2 percent controlled.</p></blockquote><p>Rep. Miller chairs the Subcommittee on Maritime and Border Security in the U.S. House of Representatives. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 10:54:25 +0000 Zoe Clark 1860 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Miller expected to introduce bill to secure U.S. borders International border expected to be topic at Obama, Harper meeting http://michiganradio.org/post/international-border-expected-be-topic-obama-harper-meeting <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama">President Obama </a>is scheduled to sit down with Canada’s prime minister in Washington D.C. tomorrow.</p><p>The meeting comes just a few days after the release of a government <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama">report </a>that said only 32 miles of the two countries’ four-thousand-mile shared border has an “acceptable” level of security.</p><p>Michigan <a href="http://candicemiller.house.gov/">Congresswoman Candice Miller </a>says the report confirmed what she’s been saying for some time.</p><blockquote><p>"Not to minimize the problems with the drug cartels and the problems we’re having on the Southern border, but we are under-resourced on the Northern border, and with the small amount of resources we have, to have them continue to raid those resources and ship them to the Southern border, I think is a mistake."</p></blockquote><p>Canadian press reports say President Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are close to signing a landmark security and trade deal. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 22:10:36 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1160 at http://michiganradio.org International border expected to be topic at Obama, Harper meeting New report raises questions about security along Michigan's northern border http://michiganradio.org/post/new-report-raises-questions-about-security-along-michigans-northern-border <P>U.S. Tue, 01 Feb 2011 19:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 1116 at http://michiganradio.org New report raises questions about security along Michigan's northern border