TORONTO – Unionized employees at an Oshawa automotive and truck manufacturing plant at Common Corp in Whitby, Ontario, have stop work, Unifor mentioned Friday.
That is the newest step in a Unifor marketing campaign to persuade GM to increase manufacturing from the Oshawa plant to September 2020, the date on which the present contract will expire. As a part of a broad restructuring introduced in November, GM mentioned Oshawa would shut its doorways by the tip of 2019.
Simply over 200 Lear employees left work and wouldn’t be returning between 6:30 am and a couple of:30 pm EST change, Native 222 President Colin James mentioned, including the union will determine later the chance to pursue motion for employment.
GM Canada was not instantly accessible to touch upon any influence on manufacturing.
There are 350 unionized employees at Lear, a just-in-time provider for GM Oshawa, who assembles Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS automobiles, in addition to the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado vans.
"The message we’re conveying is that it isn’t simply Common Motors employees, all suppliers, together with Lear Whitby, are affected by a potential closure," James mentioned.
Unifor represents 2,600 meeting line employees at GM Oshawa and 1,800 employees at factories supplying GM operations in Oshawa.
"We demand that the federal government take motion to guard these employees who threat dropping every thing, and work with Unifor and GM to discover a resolution for the Oshawa meeting plant," mentioned the president. Unifor, Jerry Dias, in an announcement.