Canadian Trucker Protest Cost Michigan Workers at Least $51 Million in WagesTruckers forced major closure of Ford and General Motors plants, damaging Michigan’s economy.

Traffic jam: Truckers forced major closure of Ford and General Motors plants, damaging Michigan’s economy

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

The Canadian trucker blockade that shut down the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Ontario had a devastating impact on the Michigan economy and working families.

Workers at automakers and suppliers lost $51 million in wages according to estimates from the Anderson Economic Group.

Ford announced that its plants in Oakville (Ontario) and Windsor were forced to operate at reduced capacity while General Motors closed its Lansing Delta Township plant entirely which makes the Traverse, Enclave, and Acadia crossover utility vehicles.

“This comes at a terrible time,” Autotrader analyst Michelle Krebs told ClickOnDetroit. “I mean, it’s never a good time, but we were just coming out of the chip shortage, and it’s still a major factor.”

The Ambassador Bridge was finally reopened after a week of protests on February 13.