Twenty-five laid-off Cami workers recalled to Ingersoll plant

Twenty-five Cami workers will soon be back on the line following a recall at the Ingersoll automotive plant.

“We think it’s great news,” said Unifor plant chair Mike Van Boekel. “At least it has started. We have a bunch of people retiring.” - writes

The recalled employees are the first wave to replace workers who now can retire after 30 years of service, he said.

Cami Automotive has about 2,100 hourly employees. The average full-time hourly wage is around $34.

After the recall, Van Boekel said there will be about 350 workers still laid off from the plant.

“They will chip away at it,” he said. “A new vehicle would get everyone back to work.”

Last July in Ingersoll, more than 400 workers were laid off when production of the Terrain crossover vehicle was shifted to Mexico.

In September 2017, workers at Cami walked off the job, largely over job security issues.

They wanted contract language or a letter giving Cami preferred production status, meaning more Equinox crossover vehicles would be assembled in Ingersoll than in Mexico.

What they got were concessions that would make it far more expensive to shut down the Ingersoll plant.

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