CAMI to Cut Hundreds of Jobs in Ingersoll

November 13, 2008, 11:24 AM EST

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CAMI Automotive announced that it intends to layoff 600 workers at its facility in Ingersoll, Ontario as North American auto sales continue to decline. 

The company, which is a joint venture between General Motors and Suzuki, has announced it has stopped production of the XL7 vehicles until existing inventory is sold.  The company also announced that it intends to eliminate the plant's second shift in 2009.

The CAW is currently in talks with the company to determine whether the job cuts will result in a mass layoff or a program of rotating layoffs can be established to keep workers employed but at a reduced work schedule.

"Our main objective is to ensure all of our members are protected during this economic downturn," said CAMI Plant Chairperson Mike Van Boekel.  Workers will be given the opportunity to vote on a program of rotational layoffs on November 23, should the union and company reach an agreement.

The CAMI plant currently employs 1,700 workers and produces the Pontiac Torrent, Chevrolet Equinox and Suzuki XL7 vehicles.

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