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Ontario tells GM and union to resolve strike now

The issue is escalating just as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discusses the North American Free Trade Deal with USA and Mexican leaders.

The automaker is said to be considering a shift of production to Mexico if the walkout isn't called off.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) warns Canada's Unifor labor union that it will cut Chevrolet Equinox production in Ontario unless workers call off their extended strike.

"General Motors did declare war on Canada", Dias said, in a phone interview Thursday from Washington, D.C., where NAFTA trade talks are being held.

Dias said Unifor won't back down about the CAMI plant and suggested the union could broaden its efforts to defend Unifor jobs throughout Ontario's auto sector.

The plants will assemble the model for the North American market, according to United States Unifor representative Jerry Dias. Dias told the Associated Press that GM has threatened to make more of the Equinoxs in Mexico as the Canadian strike continues.

"It's an uncomfortable place to be, obviously, and we'd really like to urge the parties to find a resolution to this as quickly as possible before permanent damage is done".

The strike is also affecting the plant's supply chain, said Duguid, who is aware of about 1,000 workers in other plants who have been temporarily laid off pending the outcome of the dispute.

GM now builds the popular Equinox at three North American facilities: the CAMI plant, and two Mexican plants.

U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators began another round of talks this week to modernize the agreement.

The Equinox was the second best-selling model in the United States Chevrolet lineup in September, and GM had just 41 days worth of the vehicle in stock at the end of last month, according to Automotive News.



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