CAW official: GM plans to close Oshawa plant

June 1, 2012
CAW official: GM plans to close Oshawa plant
By MELISSA BURDEN / The Detroit News
Detroit— General Motors Co. on Friday notified the Canadian Auto Workers that it plans to close its Oshawa consolidated plant in Oshawa, Ontario, by June 1, 2013, which could mean the layoff of 2,000 workers, a CAW official said.

The facility currently builds the current generation Chevrolet Impala and overflow of the popular selling Chevrolet Equinox. It’s running three shifts and has about 2,000 workers.

Chris Buckley, president of CAW Local 222, said he received notice Friday of GM’s decision, though it wasn’t a surprise. He said in talks for the past year, GM wouldn’t commit to giving the plant new product.

“What we find offensive is Canadian auto workers helped save this company,” Buckley said. “During the auto crisis, our workers both active and retired, were forced to make significant sacrifices in order for the Canadian government to loan the funds (for the company) to survive.”

CAW Local 222 is planning to hold a press conference at its union hall Friday morning to discuss the decision.

General Motors officials in Canada couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The CAW is set to begin negotiations this summer with GM on a new three-year contract. Its current contract expires in September.

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