UPDATE 1-Canada auto-parts strike disrupts GM production

Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:53pm EDT
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* Workers at GM Canada's car seat supplier Lear on strike

* Union says GM Oshawa production slows to a crawl

* 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 slowed to a crawl on Monday as a strike at Lear Corp cut off supplies of car seats used in vehicles assembled there, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union said.

Talks between Lear and the union were set to continue Monday afternoon, though the CAW said the two sides remained far apart and that the Oshawa plant may grind to a halt on Tuesday without an agreement.

"I can't see them running tomorrow. They would not have the seats to do that," said Chris Buckley, president of CAW Local 222 at Oshawa.

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 said. The union represents workers at both GM and Lear.

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