VIDEO: GM Strike in U.S. Being Felt in Windsor-Essex

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The strike by more than 49,000 workers at General Motors in the U.S. is already being felt in Windsor-Essex.

Unifor Local 444 reports about 80 workers at Martin Transportation Systems of Canada have been laid off.

Union President Dave Cassidy tells CTV Windsor there could be more layoffs at the plant on Central Ave.

"They're going to have a mass layoff immediately, 80 layoffs immediately at that facility," he says. "It's a transportation company, 'just in time', and it's going to directly affect because a lot of their work is with General Motors. They've given, the workers have given and I support them 100%."

Unifor Local 195 President Emile Nabbout says he's concerned about what impact a long strike could have on local manufacturers.

"From our local union, we have at least three or four facilities. One of them will be Lakeside Plastics, making injection parts and they ship most of the parts to Detroit. That will be impacted the most," says Nabbout.

More than 50 GM factories and parts warehouses in the U.S. fell silent Monday when workers hit the picket line.

The strike against General Motors is the largest work stoppage in the U.S. auto industry in nearly 12-years.

Unifor National President, Jerry Dias says they support the workers south the border.

"Workers on both sides of the border feel completely betrayed by General Motors. So I am not surprised one iota about the strike in the United States. Workers are frustrated and they want their pound of flesh. It's about our jobs going to Mexico. It's about GM exploiting their Mexican workers," says Dias.

Unifor is organizing a trip to Michigan on Wednesday in a show of solidarity with members of the United Auto Workers union.