Union head to discuss fate of GM Oshawa plant

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

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

Workers also staged a protest on the Tuesday afternoon shift, then walked off the job, after they got word that GM had not accepted the union's proposals to save the factory during a meeting with labor leaders.

Poloz, who is from Oshawa, said he doesn't like to see the shrinking footprint of GM in the city but is hopeful for its future.

Along with Cami Automotive in Ingersoll, which makes the Chevy Equinox, GM has parts plants in St. Catharines.

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

GM reviewed the proposals and met with Unifor President Jerry Dias on Tuesday where they told him they weren't going to change their mind and extend operations in Oshawa.

The General Motors auto assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., photographed on November 26, 2018. 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.

As for whether protests would continue, Diaz said, "We're just playing it by ear. Mexico did not put up a penny", said Wilkes.

GM also has not allocated new products for four US plants, raising the possibility of their closure and the elimination of a total of about 15,000 jobs in North America. "We argued you can reverse those decisions and bring a vehicle back to Canada". "It's about the lack of acknowledgement about the success that GM is enjoying today".

"This is about the people and families in Oshawa and the footprint we need in Canada".

Dias said he's not accepting the end of the Oshawa plant and that the company acknowledged in the meeting it would be possible to extend current production at the plant.

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

"Until they turn the lights off, it's always prudent to keep trying", Volpe said.

When asked whether he foresees any threat by executives of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles pulling a similar move with the Windsor Assembly Plant - which employs 6,000 workers locally - Chiodo said there are "no major concerns" pointing to a significant difference historically in the union's dealings with the two automakers.

Unifor has refused to consider negotiations on a shutdown of Oshawa.

GM's stock price rose three per cent after BMO's upgrade on Monday, closing at US$34.82 on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. One of the plants is the Detroit Hamtramck Poletown plant set to close in July.

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