Not driving a GM? Look for another spot, workers told

GM restricts parking in main lot at St. Catherines, Ont. plant to products it makes

Workers at a General Motors plant in St. Catharines, Ont. who don’t drive a GM product will have to get used to a longer walk to work in the morning.

That’s because GM is barring any vehicles it doesn’t manufacture from the main parking lot, according to a CBC report. Employees who drive cars and trucks made by other automakers will have to park in a smaller lot south of the plant. Any non-GM vehicles in the main lot could be towed at the owner’s expense.

It’s the first time GM has put such a policy in place in Canada, though a few plants in the U.S. have similar policies.

GM said the idea to turf other automakers’ from the main lot came from employees who wanted to show they support the products they manufacture.

But Murielle Boucher, a GM worker who drives a Chrysler product, told the St. Catharines Standard she feels she’s being punished.

“They’re paying me for my time,” she said. “I don’t think I signed a contract when I got hired that I needed absolutely to drive a GM.”

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