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GM Reaches Tentative Pact With Canada Union Over Ontario Plant

Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. and Canada’s Unifor union reached a tentative settlement on a new collective agreement that covers employees of the company’s CAMI assembly plant in Ontario.

Union members will vote on the accord at a meeting in London, Ontario, tomorrow starting at 3 p.m. New York time, Unifor said today in an e-mailed statement. Details of the agreement will be released upon ratification.

Unifor was created last month by the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union. It represents about 2,500 employees at the GM facility in Ingersoll, Ontario, the automaker said in a separate statement confirming the accord.

The plant in Ingersoll bargains separately from other GM plants represented by Unifor. Those factories reached a four-year labor agreement last year, which cut the hourly rate for new hires to C$20.40 ($19.71) from C$23.80. The agreement was similar to agreements reached with Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC.

GM on March 8 announced plans to invest in the Ingersoll plant to install body shop equipment and tools to permit the factory to build more types of vehicles. The factory’s current products include the Chevrolet Equinox.

To contact the reporter on this story: Frederic Tomesco in Montreal at tomesco@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ed Dufner at edufner@bloomberg.net

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