GM rejects Unifor's proposals to keep Oshawa plant open past 2019

GM rejects Unifor's proposals to keep Oshawa plant open past 2019

"Having completed an analysis of Unifor's proposals, GM has determined that it can not pursue them because they would not combat the declining economic and market factors that must be addressed", the company said in a letter from GM Canada president Travis Hester and labour relations vice president Gerald Johnson.

GM stunned the North American auto industry in late November when it announced a major restructuring plan that will see up to 14,000 workers in North America lose their jobs, almost 3,000 of which are in the Oshawa Assembly Plant.

"General Motors acknowledged that it could save the Oshawa Assembly Plant, but simply chooses not to, even though it wouldn't hurt the company's bottom line to keep the plant operational until the end of the current contract in 2020", said Dias.

GM said in a letter to Dias that it had already considered several proposals including those the union raised at the meeting. The workers are reacting to their National Unifor Union President Jerry Dias attempting to get GM executives to reconsider their plan to shut down that plant by the end of this year.

"Being from Oshawa, I regret that very much", Poloz said at press conference in Ottawa after holding interest rates steady for a second straight time.

One of Oshawa's most prominent sons is bullish on the small Canadian city's chances of surviving the shutdown of its General Motors Co. plant.

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In November, the automaker announced that the Oshawa plant was one of five facilities it would close, affecting more than 2,500 jobs at the plant. "And yet Oshawa has grown and people live there and they all have jobs".

"GM has not only picked a fight with Unifor but they have picked a fight with all of Canada", said Dias. "That's the only acceptable solution as we stand here today".

The union is also considering its legal options, Dias said.

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.

"Should GM proceed with plans to close Oshawa, the economic impact would be substantial, both in the short and long term". A union spokesperson said workers are returning back on the production line.

'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.

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