GM and Unifor reach tentative labor deal for Ontario site workers

Article by Anita Panait, on September 16, 2013

General Motors and Canada's Unifor union have agreed tentatively on a new labor deal that covers workers at the Chevrolet Equinox assembly site in Ontario. The deal was still subject to workers’ approval to be known via a vote set on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. A “yes” would mean the uninterrupted production of the Chevrolet Equinox crossover, which is considered as one of GM's top-selling vehicles.

Chevrolet had a 41-day supply of Equinoxes as of Sept. 1, 2013, which is below GM’s 64-day average. Once the new labor agreement is ratified, its details will be released. Unifor -- a result of last’s month’s merger between Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union -- represents around 2,500 workers at the CAMI facility in Ingersoll, GM said in a separate statement confirming the labor accord. The CAMI site also produces the GMC Terrain, with the Equinox being built at a second site in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

GM has posted a surge of nearly 13-percent in Equinox sales in the United States in the first eight months of 2013 to 169,977 units. The only GM offerings selling more than the Equinox are the Cruze compact car and the Silverado pickup.

The Ingersoll site bargains separately from other GM sites represented by Unifor. Under a four-year labor deal ratified in 2012, the hourly rate for new hires at those sites was reduced to C$20.40 ($19.71) from C$23.80. The agreement approved in 2012 between the CAW and GM was similar to deals reached with Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group.

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