Jan 08, 2019
By Michael Kramer
General Motors has given a thumbs down to various proposals by Unifor – to keep the Oshawa Assembly Plant open past 2019.
The company met with Unifor president Jerry Dias today on the future of the plant – and says the options suggested by the union would mean substantial incremental cost increases – and hurt the company’s competitive position.
The union had proposed several options to extend production at the plant – including extending the life of vehicles currently produced there – and shifting production planned for Mexico to Oshawa.
GM says it has instead asked Unifor to work with the company on transition support – for the close to 3,000 Oshawa assembly workers who will lose their jobs when the plant shuts.
Dias says the company’s rejection means GM has “picked a fight with all of Canada.”