A new labor contract is due between General Motors and the Canadian Auto Workers union, but before one can be implemented, it must first be negotiated between the two parties. With talks beginning yesterday morning in Toronto, the major divisions between the two parties are the current profit-sharing and two-tier wage agreements. The CAW is currently not up for accepting either for this new contract.
General Motors spokespeople have reportedly stated that Canada has currently become the most expensive place in the world to produce cars and trucks — which has partly to do with a strengthening Canadian dollar. CAW President Ken Lewenza has described the initial talks as “constructive,” and that The General is committed to continue manufacturing in Canada.