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General Motors workers on strike at assembly plant in Ontario

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of General Motors, General Motors CEO Mary Barra answers questions from the media during the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 9, 2017. The company's profits fell 42 percent in the second quarter.

DETROIT:

Workers at a General Motors plant in Ontario, where the popular Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV is made, went on strike as negotiators failed to reach agreement on a new contract.

The union, Unifor Local 88, posted an announcement on its website about the strike:

"Your master bargaining committee has not been successful in securing a tentative agreement with the company. The membership of Unifor Local 88 working at the GM CAMI Assembly Plant will be on strike at 10:59 PM tonight, Sunday, September 17, 2017."

Jennifer Wright, a spokeswoman for General Motors Canada, released a company statement:

"While General Motors of Canada and our Unifor partners have made very positive progress on several issues over the past weeks, the Company is disappointed that we were not able to complete a new agreement. We encourage Unifor to resume negotiations and to continue working together to secure a competitive agreement."