Union officials representing workers at General Motors’ CAMI Assembly say they’ve reached a tentative deal with GM brass. If ratified through a vote, the deal will end the current labor strike that started nearly a month ago on Sept. 17th.
Workers at the plant are represented by Unifor Local 88. Unifor’s website made the announcement of the deal late Friday night. The statement says the union will vote Monday morning on the deal and, if approved, workers will report back to work Monday at 11 p.m.
GM subsequently confirmed the deal, conditional on ratification by the labor force, via a written statement.
So far neither party is discussing details of the agreement. The union’s chairman at CAMI, Mike Van Boekel, is only saying to CBC News that the memberships’ concerns are addressed in the agreement. A primary concern of union leadership has been job security; the union aspired to have GM designate the CAMI facility as the primary producer of the Chevrolet Equinox crossover, minimizing the risk the company will move production of it to Mexico.
“We have addressed job security which will be in this deal. I think it’s a fair agreement … and everybody is looking forward to going back to work and making vehicles their customers want, knowing there will be some sort of job security there.”
In recent weeks the negotiations between GM and Unifor had grown intense, with GM ultimately saying this week that it could ramp up Equinox production in Mexico and “wind down” the CAMI facility. The heated rhetoric was echoed with Unifor saying GM was “declaring war” on Canada.
Given the Chevrolet Equinox is one of GM’s best-selling vehicles in today’s market, the company will likely be very glad to get it back into production. GM has less than a 50 day supply of Equinox’s as of the end of Sept. A 70-80 day supply is considered a normal inventory level.