Conventional wisdom would have it that the CAW is looking to ensure the future of Ford’s Oakville plant. The Flex and Edge are built at the facility, and there has been a heated debate over whether the government of Ontario should invest money into the plant to help secure new product. But according to the CAW, the number one priority for them is a few hundred miles down the road.
The CAW’s Gary Beck told the Windsor Star
“Windsor is the No. 1 priority in our discussions right now,” said Beck, president of CAW Local 707. “We want to make sure all those people on layoff get back to work.”
Of the nearly 1,000 laid off Ford workers in Ontario, 600 of those were from the Windsor plant, and the CAW not only wants to get jobs back for them, but they are hoping to secure some new product, to ensure that the plant is safe from closing. Unfortunately, a revival of the 351 Windsor doesn’t seem to be in the cards.