at the strikebound International Truck & Engine Corp. truck
plant Monday in Chatham, Ontario left three workers injured, one
in critical condition, when a van driven by a security guard struck
to published news reports, Canadian Auto Workers president Buzz
Hargrove, speaking from the CAW's Toronto head office, said, "it
wasn't an accident. It was a deliberate effort to try to maim
or kill a number of our picketers. The goons in the truck deliberately
took a big van and ran deliberately into six people."
of London Protection Inc., was charged with three counts of dangerous
driving, reports said.
threatened to pull thousands of workers out of other auto-related
factories across Ontario including employees of DaimlerChrysler,
Ford and several parts manufacturers and send them to Chatham
to help strengthen picket lines.
said it was the first time since 1945 that a Canadian automotive
company had used replacement workers. "We've got 130,000
members in Ontario and we're going to call on every one of them
if we need them," he said.
600 workers represented by CAW Local 127 walked off the job June
1 over a dispute with the company's plan to cut costs by $28 million.
police turned back two buses with temporary workers to avoid a
confrontation and a third left on its own after a fracas between
strikers and a security guard, police said.
has threatened to close the plant - the city's largest employer
- if workers refuse to accept pay cuts. Some orders for trucks
normally produced at the Chatham plant are being made in Escobedo,