Unifor & GM Reach Agreement
Unifor Saves Oshawa
General Motors Canada and Unifor announced on May 8th that they have reached a “Transformation Agreement” that will transition the GM Oshawa Assembly operations to parts manufacturing and advanced vehicle testing. The new agreement will save hundreds of jobs and includes an investment of $170 million in Oshawa. The new plan includes:
• GM will transition operations at the Plant from vehicle assembly to one focused on stamping, related sub-assembly, and other miscellaneous activities for GM and other auto industry customers.
• GM will convert part of the Oshawa Plant property into a test track for autonomous and advanced technology vehicles.
• The new business will retain 300 Oshawa jobs with the potential to grow and generate additional jobs.
• GM Canada will offer special relocations to Oshawa employees for jobs at some of its other Ontario operations.
• GM will offer enhanced retirement packages to retirement-eligible Oshawa Assembly employees
• A transition plan for other GM Oshawa Assembly employees. A “Jobs Action Centre” will be opened in June 2019
• GM will offer retraining financial support for all qualified Oshawa Assembly hourly employees seeking new employment.
GM Canada president and managing director Travis Hester said, “This transformation plan is very significant as it positions Oshawa for a sustainable future”
“By maintaining a footprint in Oshawa, and keeping the plant intact, we save hundreds of jobs and this gives us the ability to build and create new jobs in the future. We are in a much better position than we were five months ago when the plant was closing,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.