Canada auto-parts strike may disrupt GM production

Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:36pm EDT
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* Workers at GM Canada's car seat supplier Lear on strike

* Union says GM Oshawa seat supply to last 4-5 hours

* Workers at GM engine part supplier Wescast also on strike

By Susan Taylor

TORONTO, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Production at General Motors Co's Oshawa, Ontario, plant could shut down Monday as a strike at Lear Corp cut off supplies of seats used in vehicles assembled there, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union said on Monday.

About 400 workers at Lear's plant in Whitby, Ontario, went on strike on Sunday after talks broke down over company requests for contract concessions, the CAW, which represents workers at both GM and Lear, said.

"General Motors will have enough seats to run approximately four, maybe five, hours today and then the Oshawa car assembly plant will cease production," said Chris Buckley, president of CAW Local 222 at Oshawa. "On top of the Oshawa assembly plant, every other auto parts supplier that feeds GM Oshawa will feel this affect as well."

General Motors said it expects production at Oshawa "will be affected early this week" and that it is working to limit the impact.

"GM Canada is hopeful that Lear will reach a resolution with the CAW," said GM spokeswoman Adria MacKenzie, without detailing GM's plans to deal with any disruption.   Continued...