CAW President Buzz Hargrove is talking tough as negotiations approach a possible strike deadline.
The strategy is designed in part to help reach a deal with struggling General Motors, an industry analyst says.
Dennis DesRosiers, who runs DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. here, says GM is taking a hard line: no increases in employment costs.
But if the CAW can cut a deal with Ford (where the CAW-company relationship is the best), and the Chrysler group falls into line, then GM may shift its tough stance.
CAW President Buzz Hargrove is talking tough as negotiations approach a possible strike deadline. No company, he says, "will be excluded from the pattern" - even though he acknowledged that GM is preoccupied with the financial troubles of Delphi Corp., its former parts operation.
Chrysler likely won't do anything to interrupt production of the 300.
He said he expected a strike at Chrysler because the company was looking for concessions. The contracts with the Big 3 expire Sept. 20.
Despite the hard line from both sides, analysts are not expecting a strike.
DesRosiers says Chrysler won't do anything to interrupt production of its successful 300 sedan at its Brampton, Ontario, plant.
The plant also assembles the Dodge Magnum and Charger cars.
Himanshu Patel, an analyst at JP Morgan Chase & Co. in New York, says the CAW is more willing to limit wage demands than in the past due to the strength of the Canadian dollar.
The Canadian dollar is worth about 85 U.S.cents.
The jump in the Canadian dollar, about 25 percent over two years, makes Canadian manufactured exports more expensive in U.S. dollars. That reduces the advantages Canadian plants have from lower health care costs and higher productivity.
Patel concludes that "a CAW-Big 3 confrontation is not likely in current negotiations."