Toronto, Ontario – An announcement by the federal government for funding for Ford’s Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ontario is a relief for concerned workers and families but is long overdue, the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) said yesterday. The union has been calling for the federal government to provide financial help to reopen the plant; the Ontario Liberals have agreed to provide a significant commitment to the project, with the goal of securing a new engine for the plant that was idled.
The decision was critical to ensuring Ford moves ahead with a new product, the union said.
“This is good news for the Essex Engine Plant and for the City of Windsor, but the delay in securing this important federal funding has been frustrating and stressful for everyone involved,” said Mike Vince, president of CAW Local 200. He said members are skeptical, given the timing of the announcement in light of a federal election call.
Vince also said that members approved a new operating agreement in 2007 that will provide hundreds of millions of dollars in savings over the life of the project.