at Navistar International Corp.'s Chatham, Ontario, truck plant
threw up picket lines on Saturday after the OEM and its union
failed to reach a new contract agreement for the 600 Chatham
to news service reports, the more than 600 active members of
Canadian Auto Workers Local 127 who build heavy trucks at the
plant went on strike after Warrenville, IL-based Navistar and
its Canadian union could not hammer out an agreement before
the May 31 midnight deadline.
closure is over "cost savings," said company spokesman
Roy Wiley. "It's $14 million that we need and a way to
make the plant competitive."
notified the CAW on April 5 that it might close the plant, which
makes 39 heavy trucks a day if major cost savings are not found.
Navistar, which also builds trucks at factories in Escobedo,
Mexico, and Garland, TX, said they could move operations there
employs about 15,000 people worldwide, down from 18,000 less
than three years ago. At its peak in 1999, the Chatham plant
employed about 2,400 people.