Canadians Should Support Striking GM Workers At CAMI Plant

The elites have agreed to deals that have pushed thousands of Canadian manufacturing jobs to other countries. We should stand with those who are fighting for Canadian workers.

2,500 Canadian workers at the General Motors CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario are on strike.

The workers are on strike because GM (who was bailed out by Canadian taxpayers) is refusing to provide stronger job security protections for workers.

The workers are asking for the CAMI plant to be the key site for building the Chevy Equinox. This is a big issue, since the plant has already lost production of the GMC Terrain – which was moved to Mexico. That change cost 600 lost jobs at the plant.

Mike Van Boekel – chair of local 88 – discussed the importance of jobs security:

“Every member understands the importance of reaching a deal that secures production, and what that means to our families and the community. The membership showed incredibly strong support for their bargaining committee throughout these negotiations.”

Supporting Canadian manufacturing

As I just reported, Canadian manufacturing suffered the biggest drop in over a year, and auto sales fell massively. Canadian auto manufacturing is being devastated by cheap labour in Mexico and other nations, in what is a massive betrayal of Canadian workers that was perpetrated by Canada’s elites.

Canadian workers at the GM plant are fighting to hold on to manufacturing jobs Canada needs, and our country should stand with them. We bailed out GM, yet they keep sending jobs to Mexico. That’s why it’s time to start moving away from the failed “free trade” ideology, and start taking action to put the interests of Canadian workers first.

Spencer Fernando

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3 comments Add yours
  1. And yet our BC government and I dare say the Feds are willing to make huge improvements to the container port in Tsawwassen BC. Why make it more efficient (less costly) to ship more Asian products into Canada.
    I can see trains over 100 cars long loaded with containers heading back east from my balcony with Chinese made goods and I say to myself “those goods on board are taking away Canadian jobs. I see plenty of trains.

    So what is Trudeau doing about it? Why he is doubling down… have a free trade deal with China. Don’t we have one already?

    Last year I met one of the crane operators at said container terminal. I asked him whether or not he could tell if loading containers onto ships headed back to China had anything in them and he said no. Most if not all are empty and, as the crane operator, he ought to know. Just more proof that trade with China is a one way street for the most part.

  2. When I used to be an “Ayn Rand Libertarian” I thought I could cut my own deals and look after my own best interests by trying to negotiate with employers directly. Life doesn’t work that way for most people, just as it didn’t work for me most of the time. When health issues caused work interruptions it was the benefits of union membership that bought me the time to recover. Even a bad union is better than no union at all. A good union benefits not only employees, but management and society as a whole.

  3. Actually Clive it is our numerous provincial laws and thereafter long term disability insurance that most people have access to through there employer that works for most people. You dont need a union membership in this country to get back on your feet.But of course your union wants to take credit for thist.
    It was primarily the need for industry to rid it self of counter productive unions starting in the 1970’s with the rag trade and steel industries that was the beginning of off shoring jobs to developing countries. More recently short ”free trade” with places like Mexico and China are just exasperating the job losses. Unions are now nothing but a plague for society . Bring on the right to work legislation !

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