Month long negotiations begin today between Unifor, the union representing 23,000 autoworkers and the Detroit Three automakers including GM, Ford Motor Co., and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
The union’s main priority is securing new product for Canadian plants specifically Oshawa’s GM plant as more investment moves to Mexico.
Unifor National President, Jerry Dias said “There is no question Oshawa, in my opinion, will close if we don’t solidify the plant,” to Automotive News in July.
GM has released a media statement today stating “We look forward to these contract negotiations with our Unifor partners, which will be about working together toward a mutually beneficial competitive agreement. We are proud of the experience, quality and productivity of our Canadian workforce. These negotiations are an important first hurdle in building a business case for future investments in Canada. This business case will also include other partners, such as government, suppliers and our communities.”
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