Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) met with General Motors officials on June 17 and have “pressed GM management to take a close look at the new products being launched over the next year and a half and find one for the Oshawa Truck plant,” the union said in a statement. General Motors has announced it will close the truck plant, in Oshawa, Ontario, in 2009, with a loss of 2,600 jobs.
The union was represented by CAW president Buzz Hargrove, Secretary-treasurer Jim O’Neil, and Local 222 president Chris Buckley, along with local leadership.
“GM has told us that there will be 14 new vehicles allocated over the next 18 months,” Hargrove said. “Clearly it makes sense to put at least one of these into their most productive facility. We made as strong a case as we could for this closure decision to be reversed.”
The two sides plan to meet again in the near future but no date has been set.