: GM Shutting down all operations in Oshawa

Nov 25th, 2018, 09:42 PM
General Motors set to end factory operations in Oshawa (https://globalnews.ca/news/4697468/general-motors-end-oshawa-operations/)

General Motors are set to end their operations in Oshawa, affecting almost 3,000 union and salary positions.

According to General Motors, the plant has been in operation in Oshawa since 1953 and has built models for Pontiac, Chevrolet and Buick. Currently, the plant builds the Cadillac XTS, the Chevrolet Impala, the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra.

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“Unifor received notification today from General Motors that the company will make a major announcement tomorrow that will impact its global operations,” wrote the union in the statement. “While the union does not have complete details of the overall announcement we have been informed that, as of now, there is no product allocated to the Oshawa Assembly Plant past December 2019. Based on commitments made during 2016 contract negotiations, Unifor does not accept this announcement and is immediately calling on GM to live up to the spirit of that agreement. Unifor is scheduled to hold a discussion with General Motors tomorrow and will provide further comment following the meeting.”

This is not the first time the factory has faced closure. In 2015, GM moved the Camaro line to a plant in Michigan, which saw the elimination of 1,000 jobs at the Oshawa plant. In 2009 the government bailout for auto manufacturers established that 16 per cent of GM’s manufacturing in North America was to be kept in Canada.

That stipulation lapsed in 2016.
(Global News (https://globalnews.ca/news/4697468/general-motors-end-oshawa-operations/))

Nov 26th, 2018, 10:10 AM
Huh. And those magical, all-powerful, dues-collecting unions can do nothing?