Workers at General Motors Canada’s Ingersoll, Ontario, assembly plant have given the OK for a strike should a new labor contract fail to be negotiated. Unifor and General Motors are currently in the process of negotiations.
Automotive News reports 99.8 percent of workers voted for a strike should negotiations not spawn a new labor contract. The current contract expires on September 17. It should be noted that strike authorizations do not initiate a strike itself but gives Unifor leadership the authority to strike.
While negotiations for the Ingersoll plant aren’t as high stakes as last year’s Oshawa negotiations, things are still tense. Negotiations kicked off last month as GM prepared to lay off 400 workers from the plant. The layoffs followed the 2018 GMC Terrain‘s production shift from Canada to Mexico. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox remains the sole vehicle built at the assembly plant.
Unifor President Jerry Dias has said the goals of the negotiations are to maximize output at the plant and to secure jobs for the 400 workers that have been laid off.