Unifor Presents Nemak With Offer

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Talks have somewhat resumed between Unifor and Nemak.

Local 200 President John D'Agnolo tells AM800 News the union reached out to the company after Tuesday's court proceedings to get back to the table.

According to a statement from Nemak, officials did have a phone conversation with union counterparts and say "unfortunately, the union has made it very clear that they are not interested in negotiating anything less than Nemak rescinding the plant closure announcement and keeping the plant open at least until January 2022."

D'Agnolo says Unifor is presenting the same deal.

"We are asking for the three programs that we negotiated in 2016 to Stay in Windsor," say D'Agnolo. "We have made it clear to them that the programs are to stay in Windsor, that's what we negotiated and we are not going to go outside of that."

He says if the two sides continue to talk, they'll keep going.

"I know that judge has asked us to have conversations and hopefully we can get to a resolution but as of right now,  the initial talks came from us. We sent them an email asking to sit down and talk last night right after the hearing."

Despite the blockade that has been in place since September 2nd,  D'Agnolo says morale remains high, adding, "The workers continue to be up beat and they have hope that we can get a resolve and they can get back to work."

A Contempt of Court hearing against Unifor and four of its officers has been put over to Friday afternoon. 

It's for the refusal to comply with the Ontario Labour Relations Board's Cease and Desist order over the blockade at Nemak.

The blockade at the west Windsor aluminium casting plant began Labour Day Monday over the company's refusal to change its closure date of mid-2020, some two years earlier than Unifor says they agreed to in the contract.

The plant employs 170 Unifor workers and 100 non-union workers.

A rally is planned at the Nemak plant for Thursday morning at 11am and will feature National President Jerry Dias.

AM800 will carry the rally live.