Oshawa Not The Only Canadian Auto Plant In Jeopardy

A rally on Windsor's riverfront to save the Oshawa GM plant may not be the last time we see that kind of event.

"That's the problem, I don't think any plant is safe in Canada."

This from Unifor National President Jerry Dias who says the low wages in Mexico put every auto facility in Canada in jeopardy.

He points to the CAMI plant situation in Ingersol.

"If there's a reduction in the volume of the Equinox, will they take it out of Ingersol where our members make $30 and hour or will they take it out of the two assembly plants in Mexico where they pay people two bucks an hour? I'll let you make that decision. So am I concerned? The answer is yes."

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Unifor President Jerry Dias speaks with reporters, Windsor riverfront, January 11, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

Former CAW Local 1973 President Nick Dzudz says Canadians can't roll over this time.

"Usually with General Motors, when they make up their decision it's hopeless, but this is getting very serious now because GM is losing their footprint in Canada and we have to really push this issue and keep these jobs here."

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GM Oshawa worker Sherry Page, Dieppe Park, January 11, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

Sherry Page is the face of the situation as an Oshawa GM worker without enough time to be pension-eligible.

"I have children, I have to support them. I don't know what tomorrow brings, I'm worried.  I'm not a pensioner, I'm not close, I've only got 16 years. I'm broken physically from the repetitive work."

Dias is promising the union will continue to keep the issue alive, including a presence at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

More than a thousand union members showed up to the rally in Windsor Friday.