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'Talks going nowhere': GM, union move talks to Detroit

After a series of "disappointing" meetings, the union representing 2,800 striking CAMI workers say talks are moving to Detroit, where GM is headquartered.

'We are frustrated': CAMI union president said Thursday, citing no movement in bargaining.

Workers at GM's CAMI manufacturing plant walked off the job September 17. (Kate Dubinski/CBC)

Almost two weeks into a strike at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, the union representing 2,800 striking workers says talks will now move to Detroit, where General Motors is headquartered. 

The move comes after a series of "disappointing meetings with the company," wrote union local 88 president Dan Borthwick in a bargaining update posted on the Unifor Local 88 website. 

"The talks seem to be going nowhere and I believe both sides are becoming very frustrated. That's why we've asked for a different group to meet with," Borthwick said. 

The one-day meeting is with higher level GM representatives, Borthwick said, but he would not reveal who would be at the table.

"A high-level meeting has been scheduled today in Detroit with GM representatives, Unifor Local 88 and Unifor National Representatives," Borthwick writes. 

CAMI workers walked off the job Sept. 17 after talks failed. The biggest issue for the bargaining unit is job security with workers demanding the company guarantee it won't move production of the Chevy Equinox out of Ingersoll. 

GM relocated production of the GMC Terrain earlier this year to Mexico, resulting in the loss of about 400 jobs. 

"There has been very little movement and, most importantly, no movement on job security,"  Borthwick said. "That has not been resolved yet." 

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