General Motors workers and employees are officially on strike in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, at the CAMI plant responsible for assembling one of the automaker’s best-selling vehicles: the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.
It’s a blow to GM as the CAMI plant has long been one of the automaker’s most productive; workers have built crossovers exclusively for years, and the market’s shift to CUVs is well documented. According to The Detroit Free Press, workers went on strike on September 17, 2017, at 10:59 p.m. after a new labor contract was not reached in ongoing discussions between Unifor and GM.
“While General Motors of Canada and our Unifor partners have made very positive progress on several issues over the past weeks, the Company is disappointed that we were not able to complete a new agreement. We encourage Unifor to resume negotiations and to continue working together to secure a competitive agreement,” a GM Canada spokesperson said.
Tensions at the CAMI plant have been high after GM laid off 400 workers last month. The cuts stem from the relocation of GMC Terrain production to Mexico. Canada had been home to both Equinox and Terrain production for years, but the move makes the Equinox the facility’s only product.
Unifor leaders were working to secure new investment at the CAMI plant amid Terrain production relocating, and also brought forth shop floor issues, and wage and benefit improvements to the table. After the layoffs, the CAMI plant employs about 2,450 workers.