A key official with Ontario's government has talked with General Motors and Unifor officials as the union's strike against the automaker at a key assembly plant in the province drags on.
Brad Duguid, Ontario's economic development minister, said Friday that he had spoken with officials from GM Canada and Unifor during the last 48 hours about the strike at the company's CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, the Canadian Press reported.
The two sides remain far apart on job security and economic issues, the union says.
Unifor Local 88 workers walked off the job on Sept. 17 as negotiators pressed GM to make the Canadian plant the lead producer of the Equinox crossover, which is also produced at two factories in Mexico.
The crossover is GM's second best-selling light vehicle and among the top 10 selling vehicles in the United States.
Duguid said he spoke with GM Canada President Stephen Carlisle and Unifor President Jerry Dias, the Canadian Press reported Friday. GM and the union did not seek government support to keep Equinox output in Ontario, Duguid said, but he urged both sides to reach an agreement.
“I know they're working very hard and I hope they'll be working over the weekend to find a resolution to this collective bargaining dispute,” Duguid said, the Canadian Press reported. “It is rippling through our supply chain economy in Ontario.”
The two sides plan to take a break from bargaining over the weekend but the union says it is prepared to resume talks "at a moment's notice," should GM respond.