General Motors Co. could face a punishing strike in Canada this fall unless it agrees to make a firm commitment to invest in the Oshawa assembly complex and St. Catherine’s engine plant, warned the head of Unifor, the union that represents 23,000 Canadian workers employed by GM, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler NV.
Jerry Dias, Unifor president, said during a press conference after the formal opening of discussions with GM that new investment in Canadian operations is critical to outcome of the negotiations. Unifor is the successor to the Canadian Auto Workers union.
“We will do whatever is necessary to secure investment in Oshawa and St. Catherine’s. We hope we don’t have to go there to be candid,” said Dias, noting a walkout in Canada would also roll over the border and force GM to close as many as nine assembly plants in the U.S. (more…)