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GM first for Unifor

by David Zatz on

Canadian union Unifor has chosen to target General Motors in this year’s auto talks. Normally, the first contract sets the pattern for the rest, but the union has made its aims clear: to preserve jobs in Canada.


Both the Oshawa (GM) and Brampton (FCA) plants need heavy investments to keep going after current product runs out; but a strike would be especially costly for cash-strapped FCA. GM Oshawa makes the Equinox, Impala, Regal, and XTS, which are all scheduled to be shut down or moved.

Canada helped to bail out General Motors and FCA during their 2009 bankruptcies.

The Charger, Challenger, and 300, all made in Brampton, will be the former Chrysler’s sole remaining cars after the 200 and Viper cease production. The current models are, depending on the source, expected to be replaced in 2018 or 2021 by completely new cars. At this time, it seems likely that the L-triples’ replacements will be made at Brampton, and that the body shop, at least, will be updated or replaced — if the cars are indeed to be replaced as planned.

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