St. Therese Plant Future

St. Therese, Quebec

January 28, 1998


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St. Therese Plant Future
St. Therese Plant Future
dated January 28, 1998

St. Therese Plant Future
After 28 months of a single shift the CAW members at the GM Camaro plant in St. Therese plant in Quebec need an answer from General Motors. Repeated efforts by the CAW have failed to get GM to make a commitment to the plant.

Luc Desnoyer
CAW Quebec Director




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There's no doubt in our mind that it is very serious right now because we do not hear anything from the company. The company puts money everywhere right now trying to modernize other Plants and St Therese we do not hear anything from the company."


While GM makes a record 6.7 billion dollars US in 1997, there still is no word on the future of the St. Therese plant, nor of a second model for the facility.

Luc Desnoyer
CAW Quebec Director

"What we are looking for, a small stamping plant to make the parts for the car we will make the new model and or two or three different models at the same time, with the flexible body shop. With this type of investment there is no doubt in our mind that the future of this plant is going to be better."

Meanwhile, in the past decade the work force has dropped from 3,000 to 1,500 and the morale of the CAW members is Gloomy






Roland Francis
CAW National Representative

"It is a gloomy feeling but they haven't given up hope. They are ready to fight for what they think is theirs and what really they are saying is ," we have done our share, we've increased productivity, we've increased everything you have asked us to do."

To draw attention to the plight of the St. Therese plant, over 200 CAW members demonstrated at the Auto Show at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. They handed out pamphlets explaining the importance of the plant to the Quebec economy and the need for Quebec to get its fair share of the auto industry work.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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