CAW says it expects to see a new proposal from General Motors soon

TORONTO – The head of the Canadian Auto Workers union says he is optimistic after a day of constructive talks with General Motors that the union can soon reach a new collective agreement with the company.

CAW president Ken Lewenza says he anticipates seeing a new proposal shortly from GM Canada after spending the day discussing details of the deal previously hammered out with Ford.

Lewenza says discussions with GM are more advanced than the talks underway with Chrysler, which is still reviewing the costs of agreeing to a deal similar to that inked with Ford.

Still, he adds there is a feeling of optimism in discussions with Chrysler.

Lewenza says the discussions with the automakers will continue around the clock.

The union cancelled a Monday night strike deadline, agreeing to give Chrysler and GM negotiators more time to go over the tentative four-year deal it reached with Ford on Monday.