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GM Plant Strike Causing Rippling Effects

GM Plant Strike Causing Rippling Effects

General Motors has announced planned production reductions at several facilities to contend with an ongoing strike at its Chevrolet Equinox assembly plant. The strike, which started last Sunday, is beginning to cause ripple effects across the GM system now.

Specifically GM is reducing output at its St. Catharines Propulsion Plant, Spring Hill and Flint Engine Operations. Nearly all of the automatic transmissions for the Equinox come from the St. Catharines plant, while engines are coming from both Spring Hill and Flint.

GM has declined to offer details of the impact, but at least one union leader from the St. Catharines plant told Automotive News that employees were notified not to report to work on Monday. Short term layoffs are common during production disruptions.

In addition to GM facilities, parts supplier Magna International has confirmed it is suspending the supply of parts to the Equinox plant in Ingersoll, Ontario as well.

Thus far neither party–the union or GM–have offered an official update as to the labor negotiations at the CAMI plant that assembles the Equinox. Talks between the two parties are supposedly started back up late yesterday.


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  1. arutherford
    I think GM will look to end production in Canada altogether soon.
    I feel like this won't end well for the workers at CAMI. I get that this is the most leverage they'll likely have, but I think they are overplaying their hand. If GM feels like it can weather some short term pain (lack of a hot product going into the fall buying season) they can wait out the strikers. As the weather turns colder here and strikers get tired of living on their strike pay, GM will have the upper hand in negotiations ...
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