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Workers occupy closed auto parts plant in Windsor

March 18, 2009

Workers occupy closed auto parts plant in Windsor


Members of the Canadian Auto Workers who lost their jobs last week occupied the shuttered Aradco plant in Windsor on Tuesday, saying they’ll remain until they get severance pay due them, the Windsor Star reported.

Other workers gathered outside the plant kept police from entering the building.

“We are just going to stay back and make sure nothing further develops,” police Sgt. Tony Garro told the paper. “If there is something blatant, we’ll deal with it.”

READ WINDSOR STAR STORY:" target = "_blank">View the paper’s report on the Aradco standoff

Aradco is one of two Chrysler suppliers that abruptly closed last week, the Star reported. The automaker wants to move parts and tooling equipment from the plants to another. The workers see blocking that move as their only leverage to get the severance pay.

A Chrysler spokesman told the paper the standoff at Aradco could stall production at several Chrysler plants by next week and perhaps today at the Wrangler plant in Toledo.

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