Government Officials to Meet with Navistar regarding in Chatham Layoffs

November 12, 2008, 3:59 PM EST

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CAW efforts to reverse the decision of Navistar to layoff 470 workers from its Chatham facility received a boost earlier today after local politicians agreed to seek out a meeting with the corporation to discuss the plant's future and to voice the concern of community members about the impact of the layoffs.

Following a meeting between CAW Local 127 representatives and Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope, MPP Pat Hoy and MP Dave Van Kesteren on November 12, the local politicians agreed to initiate a discussion with both International Truck and Engine and its parent company Navistar on the announced layoffs.  

The politicians committed to meet with the company to better understand their intentions for the future of the Chatham truck facility. No meeting date has been set.

Navistar received a sizeable $65 million government bailout to prevent its closure in 2002, as well as $44 million worth of cuts from workers. 

The company has confirmed that production of the ProStar truck line has begun at its Escobedo, Mexico facility.

Sonny Galea, Local 35 chairperson at Navistar said: "At our high point, technical and clerical workers totalled 199 members at Navistar in Chatham and we're now at 102 members. A further cutback in our membership only means increased hardship for the office workers who depend on these jobs and who give back so much to the community."

"Our committee will continue to have strong talks with the company," Galea said.

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