This isn't the first time in recent months that GM has been at odds with its unions.
Hot on the heels of the arrival of the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, GM Canada has announced it will be cutting 600 jobs at its CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. While demand for the Equinox, which is assembled in Ingersoll, is rising, the facility recently lost out on building the newly-unveiled 2018 GMC Terrain, which instead will be built in Mexico.
No official statement has been released yet by GM, but the news was given today to Unifor Local 88, which represents the employees at the CAMI plant. The layoffs are expected to happen by July of this year.
The newest Equinox began rolling off the line in Ingersoll on January 7, and while it is selling well and could sustain the facility for several years, the job losses hurt an assembly plant that's been around since the 80's.
The plant actually expanded in size last year, and added hundreds of employees. It currently employs 2,600 hourly workers and 300 salaried workers.
Unifor is clearly unhappy with the turn of events, and Jerry Dias, Unifor's National President, shared his opinion - and his anger toward the North American Free Trade Agreement - in a tweet this morning.
"This decision reeks of corporate greed. It is not based on sales, it is an another example of how good jobs are being shifted out of Canada for cheaper labour in Mexico and Unifor will not let it happen without a fight,” said Dias in a statement. “The Equinox and Terrain are incredibly successful vehicles and given current market demand, there is no justification for layoffs at the CAMI facility."
Mike Van Boekel, chairperson of Unifor Local 88, told inews880 that "It's absolutely embarrassing how you can take the most efficient plant in North America, we've been working six days a week for eight years and done everything we can that they've asked us to. They've hired about 600 people in the last year and now they're going to turn around and tell these people you’re laying them off, I've got major problems with that."
This isn't the first time in recent months that GM has been at odds with its unions. In June, Unifor Local 222 said it feared the automaker was planning to shut down its Oshawa plant, though later negotiations resulted in a commitment for a new vehicle at the facility, among other concessions.
Motor1 Canada will have more as the story unfolds.