Minister Freeland Calls on Nemak to Get Back to Talks


Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister is calling out Nemak to get back to the table with Windsor workers.

Chrystia Freeland met with the Unifor leadership from Locals 444 and 200 today for an update.

She was brought up to speed on the Nemak blockade and the state of the third shift at the Windsor Assembly plant.

Freeland says the Mexican-based Nemak should find a resolution in discussions.


Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland calls for Nemak to talk, LiUNA Local 625 Training Centre, September 9, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

"I am very concerned about the situation, I think Nemak is making a big mistake in turning its back on workers here in Windsor"  says Freeland.  "I would urge the company to sit down at the table and talk with the workers."

She says her own experience tells her talks are the way to go to resolve the Nemak blockade.

"I have been in some tough negotiations myself" explains Freeland.  "And it is actually when positions are the most polarized that sitting down and talking is the most important and I would really like to see the company doing that."

Freeland says manufacturing in Windsor has the support of the current government.

"These are jobs that are all interconnected and support really hard working families" says Freeland.  "And our government, I personally really strongly believe that we have to do everything we can to keep those jobs in the community and to create more jobs."

Freeland is formally in town to announce funding for two training programs offered by LiUNA Local 625.

A total of $213,000 is going to train workers for the Gordie Howe Bridge project in the Elevated Bridge Work project.  Another $95,000 is to help train workers in operating several types of construction equipment.