Members of Unifor Local 88 at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll have taken strike action after the company failed to address a key job security issue for members of the local.
A central priority for the union is a commitment from the company to designating the CAMI plant as the lead producer of the Equinox. The strike began at 10:59pm on Sunday, September 17 in pursuit of this goal. The CAMI plant has been a provider of good jobs in Ingersoll and surrounding community for many years.
In July of this year, the company ceased production of the Terrain in Ingersoll, and 100 per cent of the volume was moved to Mexico, resulting in 600 layoffs. The plant now only produces the Equinox. This vehicle is also manufactured in Mexico.
Local 88 members at CAMI voted 99.8 per cent on August 27 to give their bargaining committee a strike mandate.
The plant, which began as a joint venture between General Motors and Suzuki in the late 1980s is now wholly owned by GM. The previous contract expired Sunday.
Unifor Local 88 hosted a town hall on trade and NAFTA in July, where workers and community members discussed the need to refocus Canada’s trade agenda on the needs of workers, not corporations. A focus of that town hall was the move of the Terrain to Mexico, and how that showed that NAFTA is not a good deal for workers. To see more about Unifor’s position on NAFTA, go to unifor.org/NAFTA.