Head of Unifor says GM has declared a war on Canada
The head of Unifor says General Motors has declared "war on Canada" by ramping up production of its Equinox SUV in Mexico to do more work currently done in Ontario.
Unifor's national president Jerry Dias says from Washington, D.C., that the Detroit-based automaker's threat during labour negotiations on Wednesday is to a "slap in the face" to Canada and the United States.
The union leader's comments come as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begins an official visit to Mexico and NAFTA trade negotiations continue in Washington, D.C.
Unifor Local 88 is in its fourth week of a strike at the GM's assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., one of three factories that make the Equinox sports utility vehicle.
The Equinox has been the CAMI assembly plant's only vehicle since General Motors moved production of the Terrain SUV to Mexico earlier this year.
Dias says GM's movement of work from the CAMI plant to Mexico is an example of what's wrong with the North American Free Trade Agreement, currently being renegotiated.
Akil Thomas, Andrew Bruder and Justin MacPherson were all listed Monday by NHL Central Scouting in their final draft rankings. Among North American skaters for the June NHL draft in Dallas, Thomas was number 15, with Bruder at 114 and MacPherson ranked 201st.
The IceDogs successful 2017-2018 season came to an end in Hamilton in a 4-2 road loss Thursday night. Team Captain and 5 year Niagara forward Johnny Corneil scored the goal that started a late IceDogs comeback in the third.
The IceDogs had their way with visiting Hamilton for 40 minutes Wednesday night but couldn't hold a one goal lead, falling 4-2 in game four on home ice. It was Hamilton's first regulation win against the IceDogs in 10 tries this season.