The union representing workers at the GM assembly plant slated for closure in Oshawa is promising — quote – “one hell of a fight.” Unifor national president Jerry Dias spoke at a union hall packed with anxious GM workers and said the union will fight “tooth and nail” against the planned move. He also pointed out the Oshawa plant has won “every award” and is the best by “every matrix.”
GM announced yesterday no more product will be given to the 65-year-old facility, along with four in the US and three outside North America, as part of a global reorganization to transform its product line to focus on electric and autonomous vehicles. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford have vowed to do everything possible to help laid-off auto employees and their families. Federal and provincial leaders alike concede General Motors won’t be convinced to keep that plant open.
Photo Credit: Jerry Dias via Twitter
I had a good call with Premier Ford today – we’re united in support for workers in Oshawa, and we’ll work together to do everything we can to help the people and communities affected.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 26, 2018
This evening, I was joined by several of our local PC MPPs for a meeting with Mayor-elect Dan Carter, Regional Chair-elect John Henry, and Nancy Shaw, the CEO of @OshawaChamber. We discussed how our government is supporting GM workers, families and all those impacted. pic.twitter.com/PgA933z0gR
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) November 27, 2018
#Unifor does not accept the @GMcanada announcement that no product has been allotted to #Oshawa past December 2019. We will fight for @UniforLocal222 members to keep these good paying jobs at Oshawa Assembly Plant. #canlab https://t.co/RrKOZme6IT pic.twitter.com/7ZySAvxOt6
— Jerry Dias (@JerryPDias) November 26, 2018