General Motors and Unifor Local 88 – the union representing the workers at the GM CAMI Automotive plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada – have reached a tentative agreement on October 14th, 2017, ending a four week-long strike.
The agreement still needs to be ratified, a matter that will be decided Monday morning. Details of the agreement will not be released until then.
Roughly 2,500 workers went on strike at the plant on September 17th. They wanted GM to designate the CAMI factory as the main producer of the Chevrolet Equinox, as the popular crossover is also assembled at two GM Mexico facilities – GM San Luis Potosi and GM Ramos Arizpe. “Job security” was reportedly another issue for the union and its members during the strike.
“These members have shown incredible courage and strength by standing up for good jobs and a secure future for their families and their community,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said in a statement. “This strike has shown all of Canada why a renewed North American Free Trade Agreement must address the needs of working people first.”
Though two two sides have reached an agreement, talks did reach several impasses. Yesterday, GM and the parties were reported to be talking but at an impasse over job security. GM has also signaled that it could move Equinox production to Mexico as the strike continued.
A GM official with knowledge of the talks also said that while the automaker was ramping up production in Mexico, it did invest $800 million into CAMI to make the new Equinox, sending a strong signal that GM is serious about keeping work at the plant. But as of yesterday, GM didn’t want to designate one plant as the main producer of the crossover.
The workers will reportedly remain on strike until the agreement is ratified.
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