Toronto, Ontario – Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) president Buzz Hargrove and other union representatives will meet with General Motors chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner and other company officials today in Detroit to discuss the future of the company’s truck plant in Oshawa, Ontario. The closed-door meeting will take place at 8:00 a.m.
GM announced earlier this week that it plans to close the plant, which makes the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, in 2009. The closure will eliminate 2,600 jobs. CAW members have set up a blockade at GM’s headquarters in Oshawa, demanding that the company reverse its decision.
In May, GM and the CAW reached a new collective agreement which included provisions to postpone a 900-worker layoff at the truck plant until September 2009. This would include having both shifts working on an alternating two-week basis. The agreement also included product commitment for the truck plant. Hargrove said the decision to close the plant is an “utter betrayal” of the collective agreement and that the union is looking into ways of overturning the decision.