Windsor, Ontario – The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) is calling for the Ontario government to intervene in a standoff between the union and heavy truck manufacturer Navistar that has gone on for more than a year.

The CAW called a meeting with Navistar in an attempt to resolve the temporary closure of the plant, but the discussions did not come to resolution.

Navistar temporarily closed the facility in June 2009, laying off the entire workforce after a breakdown in negotiations between the two sides. The company’s latest proposal includes reducing the workforce to fewer than 100 people and with assembly work outsourced to Mexico.

“Navistar Corporation has to understand that to manage change in a workplace, it must be done in conjunction with the workers,” said CAW president Ken Lewenza. “Those who are affected by these changes must be treated with respect and dignity. It is unconscionable that this corporation is allowed to send the historic production, supported by Ontario and Canadian tax dollars, to a foreign country like Mexico.”

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