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Canadian autoworkers fight back

The autoworkers had setup a blockade at the General Motors Canadian headquarters in Oshawa on June 4th, one day after GM announced they would be shutting down a truck assembly plant cutting 2600 hundred jobs next year. The announcement came just 2 weeks after signing a new 3-year collective bargaining agreement with the Union promising job security in exchange for wage freezes and other concessions worth over 300 million dollars.

General Motors took the Union to court asking for an injunction against the blockade and seeking damages of 1.5 million dollars from the CAW and five of its directors.

Ontario Superior Court Judge David Salmers ruled that though the CAW could continue the protest, but they would be limited to 20 protesters and would not be able to hamper employees at the headquarters from going to work.

But the judge was also very critical of the automaker saying it did not ask for the injunction with clean hands because of what he called “the almost immediate breach, without apology, of a newly signed agreement, and that the parent company in Detroit engaged in an "almost deceitful business practice" by announcing the closure just weeks after reaching a collective bargaining agreement.

 

Canadian Auto Workers Union contributed funds to TRNN in 2006.

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