Border Skirmish

Canadian autoworkers strike

The Canadian auto industry is virtually the mirror image of its larger U.S. counterpart, with plants stretching along the Great Lakes from Windsor, Ont., to Montreal. They are owned by Detroit's Big Four automakers, and 80% of the cars built go to the U.S. The auto-manufacturing operations of the two countries have long been operating together like a piston and a crankshaft.

Last week that close partnership came undone. Even as the United Automobile Workers union was celebrating the successful end of contract negotiations with the Ford Motor Co. and the ratification of another agreement with General Motors, its Canadian...

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