« The ratification of a new 4-year agreement between GM Canada and Unifor Local 88 at the CAMI Assembly is a welcome message to our company, our employees and the community. We have an outstanding new product at CAMI with the Chevrolet Equinox and I am confident that we will quickly work together to continue to demonstrate to the world the excellence of productivity, innovation and quality, which is synonymous with CAMI staff, » Carlisle said in the statement. This desire for guarantee underscores the concerns of some Canadian workers about NAFTA, the much-criticized trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. « We have just ratified a collective agreement that brings 2,800 of our members back to work with all the parts suppliers that supply our plant, so it`s a very good day, » Borthwick said. « With respect to the job security letter, we have not been able to receive a formal guidance letter, but we have improved our current language of job security, which includes new programs that would mitigate other future events such as layoffs, restructuring or plant closures. » Kristin Dziczek, Director of the Industry, Work and Economics Group at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, took on the challenge of solving big issues at the negotiating table. Workers at the General Motors plant in Canada, which makes the popular Chevrolet Equinox, have ratified a new contract, but have not received the job security guarantees they were looking for. Dziczek, of the Center for Automotive Research, said GM would not have wanted such a guarantee because it would have had an impact on future negotiations elsewhere. « It would certainly have had an impact. I think that`s part of the reason you saw a pushback so strong from the company that they didn`t want to set a precedent for product warranty, » Dziczek said. The way you get job security is a hot product that is sold, and this plant recently has an investment of $800 million and a hot product that sells.
This is what GM sees as job security. It was a negotiation that some saw as an attempt to resolve the problems of the North American Free Trade Agreement at the local union level. Monday`s vote for a new four-year contract ends a nearly month-long strike at General Motors` CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., but the union insisted on greater job security in the form of a guarantee that the plant would be the first manufacturer of the Equinox SUV, which will also be produced at two plants in Mexico. The plant received an investment of $638.3 million (C$800 million) to produce the new Equinox at the plant, but Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for AutoTrader.com, found that when GMC land production was relocated to Mexico earlier this year, it « shaken up the union. » « We think it was worth it. We had to try to fight for job security, » Borthwick said, stressing that the company was not ready to fill a production guarantee. « They weren`t interested and they made it clear… that we could stay outside for two weeks, four weeks, six months or more, that we would not have a factory letter. Asked if the strike was worth it, Borthwick said it was. OHSA (Ontario Health Safety Act) – Download the Green Paper.