Has Unifor pushed GM too far with their strike at GM's CAMI plant?

An economics professor and automotive analyst from the University of Windsor suggests they may have, calling the rhetoric from Union President Jerry Dias "overboard."

"This means the strike at CAMI will continue; it means GM is declaring war on Canada," Dias said earlier this week after General Motors suggested that it could begin shifting production of the Chevrolet Equinox to plants in Mexico.

The strike has now gone on for four weeks and workers want security in the form of a promise from GM that the Equinox will not join the GMC Terrain and move entirely to Mexico from its current home in Ingersoll, Ontario.

According to the London Free Press, Tony Faria, a professor and analyst at the University of Windsor says that Dias should relax his rhetoric. "He's taking this too far. GM has in no way declared war. It has staked out a position with regard to negotiating production at an assembly plant."

Faria points out that GM Canada has been supporting the Canadian industry and its workers. The automaker committed $800 million to the plant in 2015, in order to prep for the all-new Equinox. GM also added overflow production of half-ton trucks in Oshawa, adding 500 jobs. Faria called that "a far better indication of support for the Canadian industry than what Unifor is asking for."

Faria continues, "I think Unifor has gone overboard with its rhetoric. It's very unfortunate the strike has lasted this long. I think Unifor has pushed GM into a corner and they could have either given up or fought. GM has decided to fight back. Unifor has taken a hard position."

Dias is currently in Washington, DC, as part of the Canadian side of the NAFTA negotiations.