Unifor and GM to make announcement about operations in Oshawa

The heads of Unifor and General Motors Canada made a major announcement this morning about the future of operations in Oshawa.

GM announced last November it would cease production at the Oshawa plant by the end of 2019, affecting about 2,600 union workers.

The union said the company had been clear it wouldn't extend vehicle manufacturing at the facility beyond the end of the year, but acknowledged there is potential to transform operations to maintain some jobs.

Today's announcement revealed GM will invest $170 million dollars into the Oshawa plant, to transition the facility from manufacturing vehicles, to stamping, sub-assembly and autonomous vehicle testing.

GM Canada president Travis Hester says the move will save 300 of the approximately 2,600 union jobs at the plant. Hester went on to say that the $170 million would be supplied fully by General Motors, and not drawn from tax payers.

Unifor’s National President, Jerry Dias said the transition of the facility will mark notable first for GM, creating the first ever aftermarket facility for GM vehicles

Dias went on to say althugh 300 jobs may not sound like a lot, that there will be "a heck of a lot more in" by the end of the year and heading into next year.