General Motors refusing 'pattern' bargaining for Ingersoll Cami workers

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Talks have broken off between Cami workers and GM Canada as the automaker has refused to offer the same cash it has to other workers.

The automaker is refusing "pattern" bargaining for Cami, its busiest Canadian plant, as it did to its Oshawa workers, saying it wants to lower costs at the Ingersoll automaker, said sources close to the talks.

"They will not offer pattern and it makes no sense to us," said one worker, adding it’s frustrating they’re being offered less than other GM workers.

Other GM workers got a signing bonus in each year of the deal, as well as a Christmas bonus, and a longer ramp up to maximum wages, and Cami workers have asked for the same deal.

GM has not yet tabled a financial offer to Cami.

Mike Van Boekel, chairperson of CAW Local 88, would not discuss details of the talks but agreed,"there are some pattern issues," he said.

"I am optimistic we will get a deal done, but I did not go to the table to talk about concessions, I will tell you that," he said.

But workers were also told the planned expansion of Cami for a new weld shop, to accommodate the future Terrain and Equinox vehicles assembled there, will continue.

No talks have been scheduled and will likely not be held this month, said Van Boekel. The contract expires in September.