GM workers in Oshawa walk out in protest of plant closure

by Ben Pena November 27, 2018, 0:48
GM workers in Oshawa walk out in protest of plant closure

Four factories in the USA and one in Oshawa, Ont. could be shuttered by the end of 2019 if the automaker and its unions don't come up with an agreement to allocate more work to those facilities, GM said in a statement Monday.

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GM says assembly plants in Detroit, Warren, Ohio and Oshawa, Ontario, Canada will be shuttered in 2019, along with propulsion plants near Baltimore, Maryland and Warren, Michigan.

GM employs about 2,500 union staff and roughly 300 salaried employees in the Oshawa area.

The company said the plan would make it more efficient, saving $6 billion a year by the end of 2020.

"These actions will increase the long-term profit and cash generation potential of the company and improve resilience through the cycle", says GM CEO Mary Barra.

General Motors Co.'s pre-emptive strike to get leaner before the next downturn likely will be followed by Ford Motor Co., which has said it is restructuring and will lay off an unspecified number of white-collar workers.

About 18,000 of its 50,000 salaried employees in North America have been eligible for the buyouts.

The biggest US autoworker union vowed to fight GM's plans. It also completes final assembly of the stronger-selling Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks which are shipped from Indiana. After we are sworn in, Jon Husted and I will be visiting the Detroit Auto Show in January to make our case in-person to GM about the future of the plant. The United Auto Workers union, which represents employees at GM's US factories, said in an emailed statement that it will challenge GM's decision through legal, contractual, and collective bargaining means. "We think it's appropriate to do it while company is strong and the economy is strong".

As recently as 2012, passenger cars made up more than 50 percent of all U.S. new vehicle sales.

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Dias said the plan laid out by GM includes significant new manufacturing in Mexico.

About 335 work at the Warren Transmission plant, which produces six-speed transmission for the GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS and Electric Drive Unit for Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, and Buick Velite.

Earlier this year, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to slap a 25% tariff on Canadian auto imports - part of his ongoing campaign of brinkmanship on trade and coming shortly after the United States imposed similar tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

GM said it was ending Volt production because the vehicle was meant to be a bridge to fully electric cars when it was introduced about a decade ago.

The moves follow rising costs and slowing auto sales and come as the USA carmaker focuses on its line-up of trucks, electric and self-driving vehicles.

"I've moved my family twice for this company and they do this to me", a tearful worker told CBC TV as he left the plant.

The Oshawa plant, located just outside of Toronto, was built in 1953.

But moving that vehicle, the Chevrolet Cruze, south of the border brings the risk of provoking a backlash from President Donald Trump.

Numerous cars that General Motors says it will cease producing were hailed as major break-throughs when introduced.

Senator Rob Portman said in a press release that he asked GM to commit to bringing a new product to the plant.

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