Canadian union Unifor scored a victory last year after it secured investment for the Oshawa assembly plant from General Motors, but round two is just beginning.
Talks between the automaker and Unifor will begin surrounding the CAMI plant in Ontario, which is set to lay off 400 workers, according to Automotive News. The assembly plant builds the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and previously assembled the GMC Terrain. 2018 GMC Terrain production will move exclusively to Mexico.
Discussions are underway to create a new four-year contract after the current agreement expires on September 17, 2017, at 10:59 p.m.
As of today, 100 workers were laid off and GM will lay off another 300 to 350 workers by the end of August as Terrain production moves from the CAMI plant to Mexico. Unifor President Jerry Dias said the top priority is to bring the laid off workers back and secure the CAMI facility’s long-term future. The plant is one of GM’s most productive since it has exclusively produced crossovers for years.
Securing new product for the CAMI plant may prove difficult after GM invested $800 million at the facility for continued Equinox production. GM said it will continue to run three shifts at the plant despite the loss of Terrain production. The plant employs 2,450 workers after layoffs are finished.