General Motors is likely facing a strike from its workforce at its CAMI assembly plant in Ontario, Canada. The plant is the sole producer of the hot-selling Chevrolet Equinox crossover, which means it is a critical assembly plant for the company.
Automotive News is reporting that Unifor Local 88 is telling its membership that a “fair and responsible agreement” does not appear likely before the current contract expires tonight at 10:59 p.m. The two parties have been in talks for the last several weeks, but talks have been contentious as GM laid off some of its workforce at the Ingersoll, Ontario just prior to the commencement of negotiations.
Unifor members have also been dissatisfied that GM opted to move production of the GMC Terrain from the CAMI plant to an assembly plant in Mexico. The membership feels GM is not adequately utilizing the production capacity of CAMI, which led to the recent layoff.
Unifor has scheduled a strike information meeting with its members Sunday. The meeting previously scheduled for today was a ratification meeting to discuss a proposed new agreement.
The CAMI plant has about 2,750 employees that fall under the Unifor contract. A long term strike of these employees could have serious ramifications on GM’s sales numbers. Automotive News reports GM has a 53-day supply of the quick-selling Equinox, which is light inventory for a popular model.