Unifor President Jerry Dias has struck a defiant tone in the wake of the Ontario labour board’s ruling that the union engaged in unlawful strikes at General Motors’ Oshawa Assembly Plant and its suppliers. Dias says further strikes are “absolutely” still on the table.
Ford dealers hope newly appointed Canada CEO Dean Stoneley — who is a Canadian — will remain at the helm longer than his predecessor, especially as the company undergoes a US $11-billion global restructuring and revamps its product lineup.
As some dealers make preparations for a digital future a top priority, they view mandated store renovations as just a facade. They want automakers to invest in technology, not bricks and mortar. Automakers counter that the digital age has made it crucial for stores to be modern.
As the new North American trade pact awaits ratification, automakers are examining how the deal’s content and labour requirements might affect how they source their parts. In Canada, it could be the Japan-based automakers that have the biggest decisions to make with their supply chains.
The closure of competitors’ plants in Canada can have “cascading effects” on Ford Motor Co.’s operations in the region, said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of global operations. He said they create trust issues and make people "fight even harder not to lose something else."