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Workers fear truck plant may close

The sputtering Navistar truck plant in Chatham is cutting another 200 jobs and raising worker concerns that it could close altogether.

The sputtering Navistar truck plant in Chatham is cutting another 200 jobs and raising worker concerns that it could close altogether.

The reduction on March 1 will jack up the number of workers on layoff at the plant to more than 1,000 and has left union leaders questioning the plant’s future now that there are fewer than 200 workers remaining. The plant has already laid off about 330 production and office workers. It plans to lay off another 489 on Jan. 31.

In 2002, Navistar indica­ted it would close the plant, but reversed the decision after union concessions and the federal and provincial governments provided $65 million in aid.

 
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