CBTU Statement on Windsor EV Battery Plant

Canada’s Building Trades has been leading on jobs to build Canada’s manufacturing industry for over a century, and this is not congruent with how projects like this typically work. Bringing approximately 900 South Korean workers to handle the installation of this equipment is not only an insult to Canadian taxpayers who funded this project with the understanding that jobs were going to Canadians, but it is a slap in the face to our workers and contractors, including those in Windsor, who are the most highly-skilled tradespeople in the world. We’re at the beginning of truly grasping the impact, but we can already share that Canada is losing out on millions of valuable hours for its workers. Canada’s Building Trades Unions is hopeful that we can sit down with NextStar management in the nearterm to fully understand their intentions in Windsor.

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