Unifor says the wildcat strike at Nemak, a subsidiary of Mexico-based Alfa, will continue until further notice. The decision flies in the face of Ontario Superior Court Justice Terrance Patterson, who on Friday fined the union C$75,000 ($56,000 USD).
Unifor officials at both the national and local level declined to say what they intend to do next, beyond reviewing the ruling at a meeting Saturday. Union members walked off the job at Nemak in Windsor, Canada, on Labor Day, protesting the company's decision to close the plant.
Unifor President Jerry Dias accuses Nemak of not adhering to a collective agreement at the company's Canada plant, which supplies GM engine blocks. Union members stopped working on Labor Day because Nemak plans to close the factory in mid-2020.
The strike at the Canada plant that supplies engine blocks for the Chevrolet Silverado diesel pickup is now more than a week old. Unifor is trying to stage a 3,000-person rally Tuesday on a vacant lot adjacent to the plant, a union spokesman said.
Unifor members erected barricades and turned management away at the gate, effectively stopping production of engine blocks destined for GM vehicles. The protest is in response to Nemak's decision to close the plant in Windsor, Ont., in mid-2020.
Nemak couldn’t resume parts production at its plant in Windsor, Canada, on Wednesday night even though the Ontario Labour Relations Board earlier in the day ruled in favor of the Mexican company, saying a union blockade at the plant’s front gate was against the law.
FCA in March said it would end the third shift at the Windsor plant on Sept. 30 amid sluggish North American sales for the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans it builds. The automaker has now extended the shift's life two times since that announcement.