Automotive News reports General Motors and the Canadian Auto Workers have reached a tentative labor agreement that will see the automaker invest $692.8 million into Canadian facilities over the life of the four year-deal. The two groups closed a 30-hour negotiating session that touched on everything from wages and benefits, to plant closings and new model manufacturing. The agreement covers around 8,200 workers currently, and GM has agreed to add or maintain 1,750 positions over the next four years. That means the automaker will postpone the consolidation of the company's Oshawa plant, where the current Chevrolet Impala is assembled. The manufacturer had planned to completely shutter the line, impacting around 2,000 workers.

GM will continue with plans to assemble the next-generation Impala at its Hamtramck facility, but will now also build the 2014 model on one shift in Oshawa. The move will employ around 750 Canadian workers, though that number may grow if the production is moved to two shifts later in 2014.

Even so, the CAW isn't entirely happy with the proposed settlement. The union was not able to secure the production of another vehicle. Union leaders say that's largely due to the fact that GM is in market share decline in Canada.

As you may recall, the CAW recently reached a similar tentative agreement with Ford.


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      gasshauler
      • 2 Years Ago
      Te anti union types make no sense at all. Look at all the major non-union corperations in this country. Sub standard pay, no benifits, company mandated long work hours, firing at there wim. Profits go into there pockets, not lower pricing. Do the non-union auto corperations(BMW etc.) in this country charge less than than Ford, GM Chrysler? No, there pay scale is less and the profits go over seas. No wonder the pay scale has dropped so much. People believe all this anti-union propagada and allow big corperations to run ther lives with no representation. It takes two to sign a contract. It's always the unions falt if the company is dumb enough to sign one that does not equally benifits both parties.
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good job, President Obama. First you won't let GM buy out the Government shares they own and now we hear of the Canadian CAW close to an agreement for the Canadian GM factory. When are the Mexican and Chinese Unions at GM going on strike? Where's you Job's Czar, Jeff Immelt, when you need him. Oh, right, he's busy setting up a new plant in China too.
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good job, President Obama. First you won't let GM buy out the Government shares they own and now we hear of the Canadian CAW close to an agreement for the Canadian GM factory. When are the Mexican and Chinese Unions at GM going on strike? Where's you Job's Czar, Jeff Immelt, when you need him. Oh, right, he's busy setting up a new plant in China too.
      gasshauler
      • 2 Years Ago
      The anti union types make no sense at all. Look at all the major non-union corperations in this country. Sub standard pay, no benifits, company mandated long work hours, firing at there wim. Profits go into there pockets, not lower pricing. Do the non-union auto corperations(BMW etc.) in this country charge less than than Ford, GM Chrysler? No, there pay scale is less and the profits go over seas. No wonder the pay scale has dropped so much. People believe all this anti-union propagada and allow big corperations to run ther lives with no representation. It takes two to sign a contract. It's always the unions falt if the company is dumb enough to sign one that does not equally benifits both parties.
        joejoegolfn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gasshauler
        What good does making 50 dollars an hour do when it costs you 40 dollars an hour to live? I work in the south for a steel company with no union. I make an average of 45 dollars an hour with production and average 40-60 hours a week. They pay my healthcare, I get sick days and 2 weeks vacation and 7 holidays paid a year. My cost of living is 25,000 a year on income of 108,000 a year. Keep your unions. I'll keep my right to work.
        wrestleprocbt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gasshauler
        Does it really matter for GM? I mean, if they run out of money again, which according to a recent Forbes article, they will. They will just ask for more tax payer money and as long as their union loving guy is in office, he'll write them a big ol' check again.
      bolomark3
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would be nice if GM just eliminated the Unions for what's 2,000 jobs when as a whole if GM continues to lose money it will affect hundreds of thousands of jobs. This just shows you how Unions only look out for the short term and not the good of a company's wellbeing. This is the sad reality of the Unions. GM will continue to lose money on every vehicle they build until they completely restructure their workforce and management. Not to mention be able to pay back the billions to the U.S. Treasury.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bolomark3
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          leeniesteenies
          • 2 Years Ago
          yeah are you sure? Stocks tanking and most economist say they will be bankrupt again by January of 2013. You do realize GM is now the third best selling make of cars in the World and soon to fall to fourth,
      golfet33
      • 2 Years Ago
      "...automaker invest $692.8 million into Canadian facilities...", shouldn't it have said American tax payers invest into Canadian facilities?
      allietxtch
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Where the current Chevrolet Impala is assembled." These guys are in trouble. The critics agree the new Impala is a lemon.
      atltv
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish they would strike themselves out of jobs ...Too bad ..the net result is higher car prices...yeah unions ( not).
      philsun73
      • 2 Years Ago
      Collective bargaining stinks! There are always some who are not in agreement, one way or the other. Obama should use his illegal ways of doing things and make collective bargaining against the law. Bargaining should be a on a one on one basis. Individual merits and production would be a factor. In the past I have been involved in my own negotiations. I knew my value as I knew how much my work was bringing in. I knew that the company had to make momey, and I would negotiate accordingly.
      gasshauler
      • 2 Years Ago
      The anti union types make no sense at all. Look at all the major non-union corperations in this country. Sub standard pay, no benifits, company mandated long work hours, firing at there wim. Profits go into there pockets, not lower pricing. Do the non-union auto corperations(BMW etc.) in this country charge less than than Ford, GM Chrysler? No, there pay scale is less and the profits go over seas. No wonder the pay scale has dropped so much. People believe all this anti-union propagada and allow big corperations to run ther lives with no representation. It takes two to sign a contract. It's always the unions falt if the company is dumb enough to sign one that does not equally benifits both parties.
      saweet97hog
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about paying the tax payers back that 25 billion dollers first
        • 2 Years Ago
        @saweet97hog
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          leeniesteenies
          • 2 Years Ago
          yes teacher I am sure he will watch that next time. You do realize that over 60% of American can read a full letter with 75% of the words misspelled?
      gasshauler
      • 2 Years Ago
      The anti union types make no sense at all. Look at all the major non-union corperations in this country. Sub standard pay, no benifits, company mandated long work hours, firing at there wim. Profits go into there pockets, not lower pricing. Do the non-union auto corperations(BMW etc.) in this country charge less than than Ford, GM Chrysler? No, there pay scale is less and the profits go over seas. No wonder the pay scale has dropped so much. People believe all this anti-union propagada and allow big corperations to run ther lives with no representation. It takes two to sign a contract. It's always the unions falt if the company is dumb enough to sign one that does not equally benifits both parties.
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