Canadian Union Voices Concerns Amid New UAW Contract

Huw Evans
by Huw Evans
CAMI assembly plant, Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada building the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. X10CT_EQ053 (03/15/2010)

In perhaps a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul, head of the Canadian Auto Worker’s Union, Ken Lewenza has expressed some concern over a tentative new agreement south of the border between the UAW and General Motors.

The problem centers around the fact that in order to meet the new UAW bargaining agreement, part of GM’s production of its small SUVs, the Chevy Equinox and GMC Equinox might be moved from the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, down to Spring Hill, Tennessee.

At present, GM hasn’t made any official announcements regarding the move, though an article in Nashville based newspaper, the Tennessean claims the General is seriously considering such a strategy, citing economic officials.

The resulting story was enough to cause concern for the CAW, making the matter more worrisome is the fact that GM has already pulled such a move, shifting production of it’s full-size Chevy Impala sedan, from Oshawa, Ontario, to the Hamtramck plant on the outskirts of Detroit, something Lewenza says he also first heard about through the newspapers.

As regarding the Tennessee rumors, during an interview with trade publication Automotive News, Lewenza said “where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.”

[Source: Left Lane News]

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