TORONTO -- General Motors of Canada resumed production at two assembly plants late Tuesday after workers at a key supplier accepted a new contract and returned to work.
Canada's biggest automaker was forced to idle the major assembly plants in Oshawa, Ontario, on Monday because of parts shortage, after TDS Automotive workers went on strike Sunday night in a wage dispute.
GM spokeswoman Pam McLaughlin said the third shift was called back to work late on Tuesday night, after TDS employees voted to accept the new contract.
"We're very anxious to get production started back up and get back running," she said. "We'd be able to turn it around very quickly."
The GM plants make the Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo models as well as the Buick Regal and Pontiac Grand Prix, and normally produce 2,630 vehicles a day, McLaughlin said. The shift cancellations affect about 6,000 employees.
"We have the opportunity to run an overtime on a weekend, or fit in some extra time to the week (to catch up on lost production)," she said.
TDS makes just-in-time deliveries to GM of subassembly components for steering columns, among other parts.
Canadian Auto Workers union spokesman Hemi Mitic said TDS workers voted 85 percent in favor of the deal.
The CAW represents the roughly 550 TDS workers who accepted a three-year contract that offers higher wages and an adjusted shift premium.
Contract talks between privately held TDS and its union had foundered over wages, and workers had rejected a union-recommended tentative contract late on Monday.