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Canadian Auto Workers OK Strike at Detroit’s Big Three

Union demanding new investments but automakers want cost cuts.

by on Aug.29, 2016

GM has cut thousands of jobs in Canada, most recently by moving Camaro production to Michigan.

Union workers in Canada have overwhelmingly authorized union leaders to call a strike next month as contract talks with Detroit’s Big Three automakers race towards their deadline.

Negotiations have turned contentious in recent weeks as the two sides struggle to find common ground amidst conflicting demands. Unifor, the union representing thousands of Canadian auto line workers, wants General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler to commit to new investments that would keep the country’s auto plants open. But the Detroit makers are, in turn, demanding cost cuts they claim are necessary to remain competitive.

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Workers voted almost unanimously to approve strikes, and “With this clear mandate our members have demonstrated they are in full support of their bargaining committees and our direction in this set of negotiations,” said Unifor President Jerry Dias.


GM Extends Life of Canadian Plant – Again

Company invests millions into Oshawa plant.

by on Aug.20, 2015

GM has spared its plant in Oshawa, Ontario, from closure for a third time.

With the value of the Canadian dollar dropping, General Motors now plans to keep an Oshawa, Ontario, assembly line operating until 2017, the company’s Canadian unit said.

The announcement extends the life of a line that has been repeatedly scheduled for closure during the last decade.

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GM said it would invest $12 million Canadian to increase Chevrolet Equinox production and make related changes at the separate CAMI Assembly, extending production on its consolidated line to 2017. (more…)

Canadian Workers Settle With GM

Automaker gives in on "pattern" contract.

by on Sep.21, 2012

GM will maintain some Impala production in Canada.

Days after coming to terms with Ford Motor Co., the Canadian Auto Workers Union has reached a settlement with General Motors heading off a potentially costly strike.

Despite concerns that GM would demand a unique settlement it largely settled for the same pattern contract negotiated with Ford earlier in the week. That leaves only Chrysler to settle on a new 4-year agreement – though the maker has consistently argued it needs to break pattern and come up with a contract that reflects its own unique needs.

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“We met the entire Ford pattern,” boasted CAW President Ken Lewenza following settlement on the GM contract.

The agreement will result in GM getting some significant concessions on labor costs but also ensure that no senior workers are on layoff for the first time in two decades. The maker has also agreed to significant new investments at two key Canadian GM plants.


Canadian Strike Looms; Could Cripple Detroit’s Big Three

Makers demanding additional concessions.

by on Sep.11, 2012

Workers at the Chrysler minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario could soon be out on strike.

Detroit’s Big Three automakers appear to be heading for a showdown with Canadian workers that could cripple their entire North American production network.

Claiming Canada is now the industry’s high-cost manufacturing base, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are each demanding concessions from the Canadian Auto Workers Union – including a two-tier wage structure like one the makers have set up in the States. But the CAW is digging in its heels and workers have authorized their leaders to call a strike if negotiations deadlock when the current Big Three contracts expire next week.

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“With only a week until the collective agreement expires, the demands facing the CAW have not relented, with all three companies calling for dramatic changes to the contract,” a flier distributed to workers by the union warned.

A walkout could lead to shortages of key products, such as the new Cadillac XTS and Chrysler’s 300 sedan and its two minivan models. And the loss of parts produced at Canadian facilities could create havoc on American assembly plants, as well, industry analysts warn.


Buick Regal to be Built, Eventually, in Canada

GM makes good on loans from Canadian governments.

by on Nov.25, 2009

Only four cylinder engines and the highest trim level to start.

Only four cylinder engines and the highest trim level to start for the German Regal.

North American production of the all-new 2011 Buick Regal will start at the Oshawa Car Assembly plant beginning in Ontario during the first quarter of 2011.

Until then, a rebadged and recalibrated version of the Opel Insignia will be imported from Rüsselsheim, Germany starting in the second quarter of 2010.

The status of all Opel plants is uncertain today. GM continues to seek financing from European governments and concessions from union members for its loss-making subsidiary after its surprise decision not to sell Opel to Magna earlier this month.

GM maintains that it will keep the German plants open after large cutbacks in the workforce. An Opel plant in Belgium appears to be slated for closing under the latest plan. Almost $5 billion is thought to be required to restructure Opel and GM is only prepared (or able?) to front about 15% of that.

A Buick version of the car is already in production in China since last December, but GM says it has no plans to import Regal from the far east.

That could change quickly if Opel collapses, of course. GM reported a $1.2 billion loss in its latest quarter, the first one since it emerged from bankruptcy this past July. It is unclear if GM can continue to carry Opel for very long without billions of dollars in government assistance. The  private credit markets are unlikely to advance the ailing company any money without the government loan guarantees GM has been seeking.

The Regal is a mid-size sport sedan based on the award-winning Opel Insignia – the 2009 European Car of the Year. Whether such attributes can return potential buyers to North American showrooms where Buick is struggling remains to be seen. Year-to-date, U.S. Buick sales are down 33% in a market that is off 24%.  It is ironic that the brand long associated with Flint, Michigan, is now stronger in China than its home country.

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“The new Regal gives Buick a modern performance sedan and its production here in Oshawa is terrific news for our employees, the CAW, dealers and suppliers,” says Arturo Elias, president, General Motors of Canada.


GM Expands Equinox and Terrain Capacity

Both the revised Chevy and the new GMC crossovers are hits.

by on Nov.10, 2009

Hitting the sweet spot in the crossover market?

Hitting the sweet spot in the crossover market?

General Motors is investing $C90 million for what it says is a “substantial project” that includes the re-tooling of a bodyshop at its CAMI complex in Ingersoll, Canada, where the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossover models are built.

The planning and retooling work begins immediately and the project is due for completion in seven months. Then, an additional 40,000 units of annual capacity will be available for the popular compact crossovers for the Canadian and U.S. markets.

This is good news for potential customers as the 5-seat vehicles are in short supply, restricting choices.