Canadian Manufacturing

CAW, GM engage in early contract talks for CAMI workforce

Current collective agreement not set to expire until Sept. 16, 2013



INGERSOLL, Ont.—The Canadian Auto Workers union says it has entered into early negotiations with General Motors for a new contract at the company’s CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont.

Collective bargaining talks are taking place months ahead of a contract expiry between the union and the automaker in a bid to get a deal done within the next two weeks.

With an internal deadline of March 24 to strike a deal, the union says members will not be in a legal strike position if a deal is not reached by March 24.

The current collective agreement expires Sept. 16, 2013.

The CAW represents 2,500 workers at the CAMI facility east of London, Ont., which produces the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.

The contract talks come just days after GM announced $250-million in upgrades to the CAMI plant.

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