Cami strike: Union asks GM to restart contract talks

Cami strike: Union asks GM to restart contract talks”

Layoff notices have been handed out to 255 workers at the General Motors transmission plant in St. Catharines as effects spread from a strike that started Sunday at the GM CAMI plant in Ingersoll. More than 3,000 workers at affiliated plants have been laid off since due to shutdowns caused by the strike.

Unifor Local 88 chair Mike Van Boekel, which represents the 2,800 striking autoworkers, met with national representatives to review the bargaining issues and discuss strategies. "We know the impact is growing", he said of supplier plants shutting down.

"Even though they were down, we ran all week".

But the union leader reiterated that a settlement will not happen unless Unifor gets a letter giving the plant preferred status in assembling the Equinox crossover vehicle, he added.

"We have made a proposal to the company and now we're waiting to hear back", said Van Boekel. "They sign that letter, I believe we can get the contract wrapped up in two, three or four days".

No talks are planned, but Unifor has chose to formally contact the company to return to negotiations with General Motors Canada after workers walked off the job in Ingersoll Sunday night. She wouldn't say if any meetings have been scheduled with the union.

Job security has become more of an issue for the union since GM shifted production of its Terrain SUV from the CAMI plant to Mexico earlier this year at a loss of more than 400 jobs.

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