Why Are Workers Striking in Ontario — GM Strike

Jerry Dias president of Canada's Unifor Union talks to the media during the second round of NAFTA talks involving the United States Mexico

As of 11 p.m. Sunday, factory workers at the CAMI automotive plant in Ingersoll are on strike. Cain declined to say which portion of production for US sales comes from CAMI. The move led to 400 layoffs in Ontario, and 200 workers accepted early retirement packages.

GM says in a statement that it encourages the union to resume negotiations.

It is not clear if the two sides are still working at the negotiation table, Unifor previously said it would work with General Motors right up until the deadline.

CAMI workers assembling a GM Terrain vehicle in 2013.

Dias has pushed for higher working standards in the USA and Mexico during current negotiations over changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, Bloomberg said.

It would be the first strike at Cami since 1992 and the first strike at a GM operation in Canada since 1995.

"No wonder we're digging in. So, CAMI, this whole strike, is the poster child for what's wrong with NAFTA, this is why we need to redo NAFTA". "As long as they can build in Mexico for $2 an hour or less, they'll do that". Canada, meanwhile, lost more than 53,000 automotive jobs from 2001 to 2014, according to a study by the Automotive Policy Research Centre. Dias has been sharply critical of the agreement, saying Canadian autoworkers would be better off with NAFTA being scrapped than it would be if a new deal failed to include higher labor standards in Mexico. Unifor is asking GM to make a long-term commitment to the plant with future investments and products, but thus far has been unwilling to make such commitments to Unifor.

- In early 2015, not quite three years ago, General Motors invested $560 million in the Cami plant. Waiting for the next round of bargaining in four years would likely mean bargaining in a weaker market. So we understand what we are doing. The redesigned 2018 Equinox hit dealers in the spring, and sales through August for the nameplate - which include both the new and old generations - are up 16.9 percent amid consumer fervor for all things SUV.

GM has fewer Equinox crossovers in stock in the USA than it did about a month ago.

Equinox production in North America is expected to rise 50.5% this year, according to a WardsAuto forecast. CAMI has built 132,288 of the crossovers since the beginning of the year. GM also for a time shuttled Equinox bodies from Ingersoll to its nearby Oshawa, ON, Canada, assembly plant for finish work. GM committed to $554 million in investments at those plants over the duration of that contract.

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