General Motors Corp.’s London, Ont., Canada, locomotive assembly plant will indefinitely idle 870 workers – more than half the hourly workforce – in March, if orders for freight hauling and passenger trains made at the facility don’t increase. GM anticipates demand for locomotives to wane during second-half 2003, but adds it is aggressively pursuing new business in an attempt to avoid layoffs. Canadian labor law requires companies to give 16 weeks’ notice prior to initiating layoffs. The ...

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