One of the most contentious issues to be discussed at today’s meeting between the Canadian Auto Workers Union and General Motors in Detroit will be whether the automaker has the right to shut down production at its Oshawa truck plant two weeks after negotiating a labour agreement with workers there.
It’s a battle that will come down to how the phrase “market demand” in the contract is interpreted.
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CAW head Buzz Hargrove said he’s in full support of the angry workers picketing outside the company’s Canadian headquarters, and also signalled he’s prepared to call a full-blown strike if the union's demands aren't met.