September 26, 2007

GM strike in U.S. ends — Oshawa, Ontario plants resume production

Oshawa, Ontario – Vehicle production at General Motors #1 and #2 vehicle assembly plants in Oshawa, Ontario resumed today after American United Auto Workers’ Presdent Ron Gettelfinger announced that a tentative deal had been reached with GM to end the strike by approximately 73,000 UAW employees.

On Tuesday, GM of Canada had closed two of its three assembly plants in Oshawa idling approximately 5,600 workers. Those plants resumed production today. Another GM transmission plant in Windsor, Ontario should resume operations by Thursday.

The tentative UAW agreement in the U.S. will see the union take responsibility for administering an approximately US$50 billion trust for retiree health-care benefits. The tentative contract still has to be ratified by a vote of the UAW’s general membership.

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