Ford St. Thomas Assembly Plant Doomed

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Ford will shut down its St. Thomas assembly plant in 2011 and the workers can do little to stop it, their national president says.

The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union and Ford of Canada are in talks on a concessionary collective agreement to cut Ford’s costs, a step the union is willing to take if Ford brings new investment and jobs to Canada. But that won’t be in St. Thomas, CAW president Ken Lewenza said today

“They will not invest in the plant. Ford is determined to close St. Thomas,” he said. “They told us they are going to close the plant. They do not have product after 2011 and there are no plans to give us a product.

“They do not see a future in St. Thomas. That is their terminology.”

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