On Thursday, July 6, 2017 Unifor Local 88 was informed by Doug Coleman Trucking Ingersoll (DCT) that there will be lay offs.
These lay offs are a direct result of the current Chevrolet Equinox model ending one year early, the current GMC Terrain ending its cycle and the movement of the next generation GMC Terrain production to Mexico. Production volume will go from over 60 units a hour to 36-41 units a hour.
Based from the feedback DCT is getting from General Motors they will be losing approximately 1/3 of their freight volumes when the production at Cami changes. These changes are to come in effect after the shutdown is over (first week in August).
Therefore, Doug Coleman trucking will be issuing up to 30 layoff notices on July 10, 2017 to be in effect on July 24, 2017. Any driver under three month’s seniority (in their probationary period) will be terminated, any driver over the three-month term will be issued a layoff notice. At this point DCT considers these layoffs not to be permanent.
Once the final list of affected drivers has been established by DCT they will provide copy to Unifor Local 88. DCT has said the list will be provided Friday, July 7, 2017.
Unifor has been in contact with General Motors to see if there is other work that may be secured.