TILBURY, Ont. — ArvinMeritor has issued a statement claiming it needs the union’s help to keep its Tilbury, Ont. brake plant viable.
The Canadian Auto Workers Local 1941 has been asked to grant concessions or face the closure of the plant in six months, Meritor reported. The company said it hopes to reach a new collective agreement as soon as possible.
“Current economic conditions and excess capacity are driving the need for these concessions,” the company said.
If the union does not budge, ArvinMeritor said it will have to close the plant June 4, 2009.
“It would only be if those negotiations are unsuccessful and the closure…cannot be avoided that we would proceed with the negotiation of the Plant Closure Agreement and the closure of the Tilbury Plant on June 4, 2009,” the statement read.
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