By Drew Johnson
Friday, Sep 23rd, 2011 @ 8:31 am
 
While the UAW may be winning back some concessions from the Detroit automakers during its latest round of negotiations, the union's Canadian counterpart, the CAW, is voicing concerns about losing some production to the UAW's new contract.

The UAW has come to a tentative agreement with General Motors over a new labor contract, which has Ken Lewenza, president of the Canadian Auto Workers, a bit concerned. Rumors have been flying that the new bargaining agreement will see at least some Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain production shift from GM's CAMI production plant just outside of Toronto to the company's Spring Hill, Tennessee facility. GM stated earlier this week that it would reopen its former Saturn plant to produce two unnamed mid-sized vehicles.

Although GM hasn't officially announced if it will be shifting Equinox and Terrain production to Tennessee, Nashville newspaper The Tennessean recently ran a report stating that the move was under serious consideration, citing economic officials. That report has been enough to cause concern for Lewenza and his union members.

"Where there's smoke, there's usually fire," he told Automotive News.

The Equinox/Terrain move wouldn't be the first production shift the CAW has informed of through a newspaper report. Lewenza says he learned of GM's decision to shift production of its next-generation Chevrolet Impala from Oshawa to Detroit via newspaper articles.

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