GM Oshawa workers hold work stoppage over closure

GM Oshawa workers hold work stoppage over closure

"I'm deeply disappointed at the response of the corporation", Dias told a news conference in Windsor shortly after emerging from the meeting.

"When they whittle away at every plant, it is easier to close the next one".

The meeting came after GM's "accelerated transformation" announcement on November 26, 2018, which would see the Oshawa plant close in 2019.

"GM's big plan to line the pockets of investors also includes ramping up production in Mexico, exploiting low-paid workers there".

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.

BMO also credited the upgrade to GM's self-driving unit, Cruise, which BMO will include in its valuation of the company for the first time. "It's about the lack of acknowledgement about the success that GM is enjoying today". "We talked to them how what you are doing doesn't make sense". In 2017, GM in Oshawa produced 100,000 vehicles.

The union is running ads that accuse GM of "corporate greed", shifting production to Mexico after being saved by an $11-billion bailout from Ottawa and the Ontario government in the financial crisis of 2008-09. That was taxpayer money out of our economy. The decision, it said, was made due to a shift in consumer demand towards sports utility vehicles and trucks, and that it was also part of a strategy to have the company focus more on electric and autonomous vehicles.

The company responded the suggestions were too expensive and would further deteriorate GM's competitive position.

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"Unfortunately, none of them were economically viable", GM Canada vice-president David Paterson said in an interview.

But the company's current stance won't stop Unifor and its leaders from continuing to fight, Dias said. S. and Oshawa. The Oshawa plant is the hardest hit with 2,500 hourly and 500 salaried employees. It also plans to hold a demonstration in Windsor on Friday. None of the options were economic, he said by phone. In addition, GM is closing plants in South Korea and two other overseas locations. "They know Canadians are already punishing them, but the question is, will they respect that, reverse the decision or find a solution?"

Unifor National President Jerry Dias addresses the media on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Windsor, Ont.

"Until they turn the lights off, it's always prudent to keep trying", Volpe said. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra promised in early December to keep an "open mind" about another affected plant, Ohio's Lordstown Assembly.

"We're going to continue to have discussions with them about solutions", Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor, the union that represents workers at the plant, told Reuters after a meeting he had with GM officials at the No. 1 USA automaker's Detroit headquarters.

Photo of the sit-down protest at GM Oshawa courtesy of Unifor.

"Unifor presented General Motors with solid options to maintain production in Oshawa last month", Dias said in a release.

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