TORONTO (AP) — Workers with the Canadian Auto Union have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike if the union isn't able to reach agreements with the Detroit three automakers.

The Canadian Auto Workers union said Monday Chrysler workers have voted 99 percent in favor of strike action if necessary. Workers at General Motors have voted 98 percent in favor while workers at Ford voted 97 percent in favor.

Negotiations on a new contact began earlier this month amid charges that Canada is the most expensive place in the world to produce a vehicle.

The union says it made major concessions during the last round of talks and says workers want to share in the profits now that the industry is profitable. The current contracts expire Sept. 17.

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