A U.S. truckload carrier has temporarily laid off at least 40 drivers and five mechanics at its Canadian branch because of the strike by auto workers at General Motors (NYSE: GM) plants in the United States, a union official said.
Martin Transportation Systems issued the notice for employees at its Windsor, Ontario, facility on Sept. 17. Unifor, the union representing about 100 of the carrier’s Canadian employees, said the layoffs stemmed from the disruption of the carrier’s cross-border freight business between GM’s U.S. and Canadian facilities.
“Most of those affected handled routes back and forth to the Michigan plants directly affected by the GM strike,” said Manny Cardoso, a vice president with Unifor’s Local 444 in Windsor.
The number of affected drivers may exceed 100 when owner-operators, who are not represented by the union, are included, Cardoso said. According to Tabak.
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