900 employees at Navistar International's Chatham, Ontario,
assembly plant have been given notice that company president
Steve Keate is considering closing the plant if the truck maker
fails to cut another $14 million in costs. The Chatham plant
is International's largest assembler of heavy-duty tractors.
to published reports, International has not met its goal to
cut $28 million in fixed costs and the company continues to
operate at a loss. International, which has already pink-slipped
1,300 employees, is required, as part of a 1999 collective bargaining
agreement, to issue a one-year notice of any plant closure.
between employees and management are scheduled to begin next
week. "It's possible (the closure) can happen if we don't
work together as a team," said Dave Boland, Chatham plant