The union was in talks with GM about the company's decision to
cut jobs and shift some production work to Mexico. http://bit.ly/2xryYKd
In July, GM stopped production of its Terrain sport utility
vehicle model in Ingersoll, and 100 percent of the volume was
moved to Mexico, resulting in 600 layoffs.
A central priority for the union is a commitment from the
company to designating the CAMI plant as the lead producer of
the Chevrolet Equinox, Unifor said in a statement.
The plant now only produces the Equinox, which is also
manufactured in Mexico.
The union had blamed the North American Free Trade Agreement and
Mexico's cheaper labor costs for the job losses, which it called
unjustified given strong sales of the Equinox crossover and
Terrain assembled at the southern Ontario plant.
"Every member understands the importance of reaching a deal that
secures production, and what that means to our families and the
community," said Mike Van Boekel, Local 88 Chair at the CAMI
Securing jobs was the key to a collective agreement to replace
the one expiring in September between GM and its 2,800 CAMI
workers, said Unifor president Jerry Dias in February.
General Motors said it was disappointed that it was not able to
complete a new agreement.
"We encourage Unifor to resume negotiations and to continue
working together to secure a competitive agreement," GM Canada
said in a statement.
(Reporting by Shubham Kalia and Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru;
Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)
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