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Negotiations to end CAMI strike resume

General Motors and the union representing about 2,800 striking workers at the CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., resumed talks Tuesday aimed at ending a strike now into its fourth week.

The members of Unifor Local 88 walked off the just over three weeks ago on Sept. 17. The union has been pushing hard for GM to designate the CAMI plant as the leading producer of the Equinox SUV in North America.

The union said last Thursday that the two sides had “worked through a lot of the contract language” but remained far apart on job security and economic issues.

Back to the table

Negotiators for both sides took a break over the Thanksgiving weekend and returned to the bargaining table Tuesday morning in nearby Woodstock.

Local 88 president Dan Borthwick said the union’s objective is “to resolve all our outstanding issues and bring back a tentative agreement that will be successfully ratified by our members.”

He said the union will remain optimistic as long as both sides remain at the table and are engaged in some “good dialogue”.

Cami Automotive strike

Workers at the CAMI are fighting to make the Ingersoll plant the leading producer of the Chevrolet Equinox in North America. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Job security at the CAMI plant has been a major issue. Unifor has been trying to prevent work done by its members from being moved to Mexico, where GM also produces the Equinox SUV.

Borthwick said the union’s position on the issues has not changed since the talks recessed last Thursday.

“We need to provide some type of job security for our members and address our contract language in the plant, along with addressing our outstanding economic items.”

Government comments on the impasse

Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid said Friday that he had spoken with both sides and that neither had asked for government support to keep the Equinox lines in the province.

Duguid said the dispute was “rippling through” Ontario’s supply chain economy with auto parts companies now being hurt. He urged both parties to reach an agreement.


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