It’s hard to believe that it’s been over three weeks since nearly 3,000 GM workers at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll went on strike.
It might be harder to believe, with all the history and tension between the two sides…that the end of the strike might be closer than you think.
During a solidarity rally on Friday, Unifor Local 88 Chair Mike Van Boekel described the progress that’s already been made “We haven’t stopped talking, and I’ll be honest, up until the day before yesterday (Wednesday), the three days before that were, by far, our best days. We’ve got the contract 90 per cent to 95 per cent done.”
After taking a break for the Thanksgiving weekend, the two sides were talking again today.
This past Friday, over 500 people marched along in solidarity with the workers at CAMI. There were supporters from other unions, people in the community and even the leader of the NDP party!
Check out the powerful social reactions from the rally…
Among its demands, the union (UNIFOR Local 88) is seeking; higher wages, better benefits and GM’s commitment to invest in the CAMI plant in Ingersoll and not take production of the high-selling Equinox to Mexico.
That last point is one of the biggest concerns and is really the heart of this strike. Earlier this year, GM moved the production of the Terrain to Mexico from CAMI and cut over 600 local jobs.
Keep listening to AM980 for the latest on this strike as it develops.