Published: Sat, September 21, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

GM Strike: Workers Share Why They Fight : The Picture Show

GM Strike: Workers Share Why They Fight : The Picture Show

The strike at GM's US plants has disrupted operations at the automaker's other facilities as well as at some of its suppliers.

GM has also halted production at its Oshawa Assembly Plant, leaving about 2,000 hourly employees off the job and creating a ripple effect among the suppliers who depend on it.

Union officials say almost 700 workers at the General Motors propulsion plant in St. Catharines were handed temporary layoff notices Friday.

"It's tough on those members, and they're looking to get back to work as soon as possible, but with the US strike, nobody knows how long they'll be out", James said.

Kelly said she met with union leaders and members to give them a voice in negotiations with GM.

Tim McKinnon, unit chairperson for Unifor Local 199, said the majority of the plant's workers will be off the job as of Monday.

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Mr. Dias said about 800 workers on GM's St. Catharines engine line could be laid off by Monday. The automaker initially said it furloughed roughly 1,200 workers at the plant earlier this week, but it has since revised that number higher and expanded the temporary layoffs at the Oshawa plant.

"The frustration is you're not at the table.this is between your customer and their union, and you can't really do anything about it".

Volpe said he was surprised the strike has lasted this long, as GM probably can't afford to lose market share, and the union can't be seen as a barrier to business.

"Our focus is to keep our Canadian operations running and we successfully did that this week, in some capacity, with all three facilities running all week", Ms. Wright said. Flores said the company knows the strike is "is impacting a variety of our stakeholders, including our suppliers", but he declined to speculate how many workers have been impacted.

A letter sent to union members released Thursday afternoon says some progress has been made, but there are many issues that remain unresolved.

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