Canadian GM plant gets reprieve
TORONTO - General Motors has given the plant that assembles the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird at least one more year of life. In the tentative three-year contract reached last week with the Canadian Auto Workers, GM agreed to keep open its plant in Ste. Therese, Quebec, until the contract ends in 2002. GM had been expected to shutter the plant in mid-2001. GM also agreed to look at a possible niche market vehicle for the plant. In the contract, which covers 22,000 CAW members, GM also said it would invest $1 billion (Canadian) in its facilities in Oshawa and St. Catharines, Ontario. The contract marks the end of national contract nego-tiations between the three largest North American automakers - GM, Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler - and the CAW and UAW.
CLASS ACTION GETS OK
NEW YORK - U.S. District Judge Elaine E. Bucklo has certified a class-action suit based on allegations of sexual harassment and sex discrimination against Ford Motor Co. The certified class includes approximately 850 women employed at Ford's stamping and assembly plants from Dec. 2, 1993, to the present. The suits that led to the class action allege a pattern of sexual harassment and discrimination at Ford's assembly and stamping plants in Chicago.
JAPAN EYED BY GM ...
TOKYO - General Motors plans to export new models to Japan.
GM will begin selling the Cadillac DeVille DHS Nov. 1 through Yanase, its Tokyo distributor. GM hopes to sell about 1,000 left-hand-drive DeVilles and 2,000 right-hand-drive Sevilles next year. GM also will export left-hand-drive Saturn LS sedans and LW wagons starting in 2001.
... FORD AND D/C
TOKYO - Ford Motor Co. will market V-6 and V-8 versions of the Lincoln LS with right-hand drive in Japan (the first factory-built right-hand-drive Lincolns), hoping to lure 1,200 buyers in 2000. Spanish-built Ford Focus hatchbacks and wagons also will go on sale in Japan next year.
DaimlerChrysler hopes 500 Japanese buyers will purchase Chrysler 300Ms next year; the P/T Cruiser will go on sale here late next year.