Cami: Doug Coleman Trucking closes Ingersoll depot, cutting 57 union jobs

By Norman De Bono, The London Free Press

Cami plant in Ingersoll (File photo)

Cami plant in Ingersoll (File photo)

Nearly 60 jobs indirectly linked to Ingersoll’s Cami automotive plant are being cut as a London-based trucking firm shuts down the terminal that serves the General Motors factory.

Doug Coleman Trucking has been closing trucking depots across Southwestern Ontario and the Ingersoll move is the latest, resulting in the loss of 57 jobs. While they're not Cami jobs, the factory's union, Unifor Local 88, represents the Coleman workers.

“The company (Coleman Trucking) has made a business decision and is not bidding on this anymore,” said Local 88 president Dan Borthwick.

“They have not been forthright with us. But it has been a good paycheque for 57 workers and their families.”

The 2,800-member Cami union has included workers at the trucking firm’s Ingersoll terminal since 2012.

The first phase of job cuts will happen March 26 and notices were issued Monday. It’s not known when the second wave of job losses will happen.

“We were shocked. We were caught off guard,” Borthwick said, adding the union has requested a meeting with the employer.

Doug Coleman Trucking closed terminals in St. Thomas and Owen Sound last year, and Windsor and Kitchener in 2016. All the affected workers were represented by Unifor. Coleman also has closed offices in St. Catharines and Mississauga not represented by Unifor, Borthwick said.

Owner Doug Coleman declined comment Tuesday.

Coleman picks up auto parts at manufacturers across Ontario and delivers them to Cami, where workers assemble the Chevrolet Equinox crossover utility vehicle.

A previous version of this story indicated the affected workers were Cami employees. They are employed by Doug Coleman Trucking. The Free Press regrets the error.