GM workers stage another sit-in at Oshawa plant

Union head to discuss fate of GM Oshawa plant - 680 NEWS

The union confirmed Wednesday's work stoppage following an earlier protest Tuesday.

Whether the union will have any luck convincing GM to stay in Oshawa remains to be seen, especially since GM hasn't backed away from plans to shutter American facilities.

The union proposals included continuing to produce sedans at the Oshawa plant until a long-term solution could be found.

"It may not be profitable, but it certainly wouldn't cause them any sort of deep economic harm", said Dais.

'Deeply disappointed.' Unifor national president Jerry Dias speaks to the media at the Unifor Local 444/200 Hall in Windsor on January 8, 2019, following a meeting with General Motors executives in Detroit to discuss the future of GM's Oshawa Assembly Plant. He added how the Canadian governments and taxpayers also provided $11 billion in subsidies to GM at a time when it faced near bankruptcy a decade ago.

GM announced in November the Oshawa plant will close this year, part of cuts in the USA and Canada that will see 14,000 workers in North America out of work and five plants closed.

The decision would result in less than 200,000 GM vehicles built in Canada annually, yet GM expects Canadians to continue buying 300,000 vehicles per year, Dias said. "Mexico did not put up a penny", said Wilkes. "We argued you can reverse those decisions and bring a vehicle back to Canada".

"This is about the people and families in Oshawa and the footprint we need in Canada. GM today has not only picked a fight with Unifor, but picked a fight with all of Canada".

"Workers on the morning shift at Oshawa Assembly Plant staged a sit down to protest General Motors callous choice to close down the plant after 100 years of operation, despite the fact that the company acknowledges it could maintain the plant without injury to its current bottom line", Unifor spokesperson Kathleen O'Keefe said in an email.

A large rally has also been planned by the union for 10:30 Windsor on Friday - scheduled to coincide with an investors' meeting GM is hosting across the river in Detroit.

"Workers are no wreturning to the line with production expected to resume shortly", read a second release.

Colin James, president of Unifor Local 222 in Oshawa, speaks to the media with Unifor national leader Jerry Dias on Tuesday at the Unifor Local 444/200 hall following their meeting with General Motors executives in Detroit. Dias said Tuesday that the campaign will continue and will be "significant".

The meeting came a day after Unifor launched TV advertisements lambasting GM for the slated closures on networks across Canada and in Detroit, where GM plans to close the storied Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant that manufactures the hybrid Chevy Volt.



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