TO THE EDITOR:
Regarding “Ontario official speaks with Unifor, GM as strike continues,” autonews.com, Oct. 6: For the past nine years, we at CAMI Assembly have worked mandatory overtime, six days a week, 24 hours per day. We have met every benchmark General Motors has mandated for us. In 2008, when GM was facing bankruptcy, they begged us to take concessions and promised to make it right when they got back on their feet.
Now, largely in part to our highly profitable plant, GM is making record profits. Instead of honoring their promise to make things right, they are shipping our jobs to Mexico. We lost the GMC Terrain in July, resulting in 625 jobs lost — mitigated by 225 people who took early retirement. We were the exclusive plant for the Chevrolet Equinox, until GM decided to produce it at two plants in Mexico as well this year. Despite the wage difference in Mexico, this “profit” is NOT passed on to consumers. The difference goes directly into the pockets of the shareholders and GM’s coffers.
We are fighting for good-paying automotive jobs to stay in Canada. We are fighting for all the spinoff jobs, seven times our numbers — parts plants, trucking, rail, grocery stores, fast food, restaurants, other retail. We need our government and the negotiators for the revision of the failed North American Free Trade Agreement to recognize that we are fighting for the future of good-paying jobs in our country.
KIM PEMBLETON, Unifor Local 88, GM CAMI Assembly, Ingersoll, Ontario