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Workers at Big Three automakers vote for strike, if needed

Workers at Chrysler, General Motors and Ford have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike if needed.

Since last week, members of the Canadian Auto Workers’ union (CAW) have been casting ballots for or against a strike mandate.

Chrysler workers voted 99 per cent in favour; General Motors, 98 per cent; and Ford, 97 per cent.

“Our members support their bargaining committees and trust them to negotiate a fair settlement that shares in the success of the companies,” said CAW president Ken Lewenza.

Negotiations between the CAW and the Big Three automakers resumed on Monday at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto.

The current contract expires on Sept. 17 at 11:59 p.m.

The last CAW strike was in 1996, against General Motors.