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The Canadian Auto Workers union said Friday that 11,000 members at three Ontario assembly plants will likely accept the loss of up to 2,500 jobs to keep all three plants open, and in hopes that the plants will get new investment from GM, and possibly the contract to build the new Camaro.

GM had planned to close two of the plants by 2009, as the models assembled there are phased out. If the plants closed, 5,600 jobs would be lost.

The CAW proposes that the two plants be merged into a single flexible assembly plant capable of producing different vehicles, which will be more likely to attract investment in new-model tooling from GM, hopefully for the new Camaro.


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      • 9 Years Ago
      Thats going to work as good as trading land for peace , or trading freedom for security. I just don't see a happy outcome.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It took the prospect of imminent mass unemployment to keenly focus CAW union boss Buzz Hargroves ideologically closed mind. Perhaps if he had demonstrated flexibility earlier the problem would not have reached crisis proportions.
      • 9 Years Ago
      GM are fools if they take them up on this. It's just desperation to keep the plant open. The moment GM invests in the plant. the CAW will backtrack on the reforms, leaving GM with another huge labor-cost liability. Just like the UAW did in Flint in the 80s.

      Don't be fooled GM, the CAW doesn't want to change. You'd do better to move farther away, to Vancouver or the southern US. Move to South Carolina or something. Get out.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is like the CAW facing the firing squad and getting permission to smoke a second cigarette.

      It's a face-saving move, and for all Buzz Hargroves BS and posturing, it isn't going to change anything significantly in the long run. If GM has another year like '05 they'll be right back at it.