[Rushtalk] Canadian Auto Union Blasts GM for Moving Work to Mexico

Tom Matiska tom.matiska at att.net
Sun Apr 2 18:56:07 MDT 2017


Actually Latin Anerican Free Trade Agreement (LAFTA) is more in play here than NAFTA.   Higher end Ram mega cabs are assembled in the U.S. where as my regular cab low end model is assembled in Mexico so it can be exported to the southern markets as a Mexican truck.   Tom
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Carl Spitzer <cwsiv at juno.com> wrote:

>Canadian Auto Union Blasts GM for Moving Work to Mexico
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>Union president says its time to tear up NAFTA.
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>by Joseph Szczesny on Jan.27, 2017
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>Unifor President Jerry Dias harshly criticized GM's plan to move some
>SUV production from Ontario to Mexico.
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>Unifor, the union representing Canadian auto workers, blasted General
>Motors for the company’s decision to shift some production from
>Ingersoll, Ontario, to Mexico and vowed to pressure the Canadian
>government to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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>“This decision reeks of corporate greed. It is not based on sales, it is
>another example of how good jobs are being shifted out of Canada for
>cheaper labor in Mexico and Unifor will not let it happen without a
>fight,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
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>Trade News!
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>GM said it plans to lay off more than 600 workers at the CAMI–GM plant.
>The Ingersoll plant is not covered by the GM-Unifor contract reached
>last fall in which GM promised new investment at its Canadian factories.
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>The Ingersoll plant is currently the home of two of GM’s more popular
>vehicles, the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain. GM is scheduled to
>release new versions of both vehicles this year and it now appears the
>will be built in both Canada and Mexico.
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>“The Equinox and Terrain are incredibly successful vehicles and given
>current market demand, there is no justification for layoffs at the CAMI
>facility,” added Dias, adding the union expects to 625 jobs as a result
>of GM’s decision.
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>General Motors is shifting some work from the CAMI-GM Assembly Plant in
>Ingersoll, Ontario, to Mexico.
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>(Automakers look for options, weight costs under Trump. Click Here for
>the story.)
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>The projected volumes for Equinox production in Mexico has steadily
>risen during the past few years, while previously it was solely made in
>Canada, Unifor noted.
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>The CAMI–GM plant was not part of the Detroit Three negotiations this
>past fall where Unifor was able to secure a footprint and more than $1.5
>billion in investment for production and jobs. While pledging the
>union’s full commitment to do all it can for its members Dias indicated
>that the announcement should be the last straw for the federal
>government and called for swift action.
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>Dias said the move is a betrayal and underscores why NAFTA is a terrible
>deal for Canadian jobs. With NAFTA under pressure from U.S. President
>Donald Trump, the GM decision is likely to put additional pressure on
>Justin Trudeau, the current Canadian prime minister, to demand sweeping
>changes to thee-nation trade pact adopted back in 1994.
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>(Big Three executives hear Trump’s pleas for more jobs. For more, Click
>Here.)
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>The Trump administration has also threatened to impose its so-called
>“border tax” on cars built in Canada.
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>“The CAMI announcement is a shining example of everything wrong with
>NAFTA, it must be re-negotiated. It is imperative that we have trade
>rules that help ensure good jobs in Canada,” Dias said.
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>Unifor is calling on Trudeau to set up mechanisms to restore a balance
>in jobs and investment to protect the Canadian economy and Canada’s auto
>industry. Unifor also asks the federal government to step up and act
>with confidence to protect jobs.
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>(Trump threatens Canada, Mexico, with new border tariffs. Click Here for
>the story.)
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>With President Trump in the midst of a feud with Mexico over
>construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, NAFTA could soon
>be on life support.
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>http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2017/01/canadian-auto-union-blasts-gm-for-moving-work-to-mexico/
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