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'Some progress' made as contract talks resume between GM and striking workers

'Some progress' made as contract talks resume between GM and striking workers”

"Some progress has been made, therefore the master bargaining committee, along with our national representatives, will be moving back into the hotel to continue talks".

General Motors reportedly planned to lay off more than 250 workers at an Ontario transmission plant this week amid a continued work stoppage at a different Ontario GM facility.

Canada wants enforceable, progressive labour standards to be included in a rewritten NAFTA that would force Mexico to pay workers higher wages and do away with so-called "yellow" unions that represent employers rather than employees.

Both sides will meet at Quality Hotel and Suites in Woodstock on Wednesday - hopeful to reach a deal by the end of the week.

According to the union, GM has since responded to that offer.

About 2,500 union workers at the assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., went on strike early last week after their contract expired.

Borthwick also declined to expand on the contents of Unifor's proposal to the automaker, other than to say it focused on three long-standing issues - job security, economic concerns and contract language. It is the first time in over two decades there has been a strike at CAMI. The union has been asking for a letter guaranteeing production of the Chevrolet Equinox crossover vehicle will not be shifted to another plant.



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