Both General Motors and Unifor members employed by GM want the current strike to be over sooner rather than later. Workers are feeling the pressure, and GM is losing out on the precious supply of the hot-selling 2018 Chevrolet Equinox every single day—872 units, to be precise.
Therefore, Unifor has come forth and sent a formal invitation to GM to begin renegotiating a new labor contract, but it came with a catch: make the CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, the lead Chevrolet Equinox production facility.
It’s a major catch, but union leaders say it’s necessary to ensure the plant’s future. GM builds the 2018 Equinox at two supplementary locations in Mexico, but they’re not fully online.
“They have to understand the issues remain the same. We need a job security document, a lead plant letter,” Dan Borthwick, president of Unifor Local 88 told Automotive News.
The effects of the strike could turn sour for GM employees at the St. Catharines transmission plant, too. GM said it will have no choice but to idle the plant and temporarily lay off workers if the automaker and Unifor don’t reach a deal by September 25, 2017. However, Unifor leadership isn’t phased by the potential layoffs and sent a letter to Unifor 88 at the CAMI plant pledging their full support.
“On behalf of our GM membership at Unifor Locals 222, 199 and 636, please know you have our complete support as your members are forced onto the picket lines following General Motors’ failure to bargain a new contract,” read the letter. “We are more than aware of General Motors’ tactics when it comes to their disregard for our job security.”