Bargaining formally begins for new agreement at CAMI Automotive plant

Unifor represents about 3,000 workers at Ingersoll, Ont., plant
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 08/15/2017
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Unifor Local 88 represents about 3,000 workers at the General Motors CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont. Google Street View

On the eve of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, bargaining has formally begun for a new collective agreement at the CAMI Automotive plant where jobs are moving to Mexico.

"This is a productive plant. Good jobs are being lost because NAFTA makes it possible," said Unifor national president Jerry Dias.

Unifor Local 88 represents about 3,000 workers at the General Motors CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont. In January, the company announced that production of the Terrain is moving to Mexico, resulting in 600 layoffs. The plant also produces the Equinox.

Formal bargaining between Unifor and GM opened on Aug. 11, and will continue into the fall. The plant, which began as a joint venture with Suzuki in the late 1980s, is not covered by the Master Agreement negotiated between Unifor and GM in 2016. The current contract expires at 11:59pm on Sept. 17.

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