When and if Navistar’s idled Richmond Street truck plant re-opens remain in serious doubt.
No new talks are scheduled despite a willingness by the Canadian Auto Worker’s union and the company to return to the bargaining table.
The plant’s 350 workers have been idled since the June 30th expiration of a three-year contract.
A brief meeting in Windsor two weeks ago between both sides was just that — brief.
“The company is sticking to its original proposal to greatly downsize the Chatham operation,” said national CAW representative Joe McCabe.
McCabe admitted the lengthy closure of one of Chatham-Kent’s largest manufacturing facilities is creating a huge financial burden for its unemployed workers and the community in general.