World News – CA – $ 1 3B deal to bring vehicle production back to Oshawa plant, say GM and Unifor


Unifor says it has reached agreement in principle with General Motors that will see vehicle production return to Oshawa

Union says $ 1 attempt $ 3 billion deal will create at least 2,000 jobs starting in 2021

In a statement, GM said it plans to invest $ 1 billion in $ 13 billion in the plant, with the expected hiring of 1,400 to 1,700 hourly workers

« Subject to the ratification of our 2020 agreement with Unifor, General Motors plans to return pickup truck production to the Oshawa Assembly Plant while making additional investments at the St. Catharines Power Plant and the parts distribution from Woodstock, ”Statement from GM Canada President Scott Bell

The company announced in 2018 that it would be shutting down vehicle assembly at the Oshawa plant as part of the restructuring and that vehicle assembly would stop there in December 2019, resulting in the loss of approximately 2,300 jobs

Negotiations between the union and the company remained ongoing and Unifor was able to secure a commitment that the ability to assemble vehicles at the plant would remain intact even after production ceased in 2019.

Revitalized plant will assemble heavy and light trucks, such as Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra

Construction to facilitate assembly will begin « immediately » at the factory and will include a new body shop and flexible assembly module, the company said.

Unifor President Jerry Dias has offered a slightly higher estimate than GM for the number of jobs that will be created at the plant, putting it between 2,000 and 2,500

Dias said GM will start recruiting workers at the plant in August 2021 Production of the first vehicles is expected to start in January 2022, GM said

The deal announced Thursday did not include commitments from the federal and provincial governments, but GM said it plans to continue discussions with both and Dias said they are both actively engaged with the industry.

Timing for announcement is right for Ontario government It comes the same day that the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford tables a budget to chart a course forward to overcome the economic challenges caused by the pandemic COVID-19

A statement released by Ford and Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli said the deal was « good news for Ontario » and proof the government was « on the right track »

« Investments like these are a clear sign that the actions our government is taking to support Ontario’s auto sector and the thousands of jobs that depend on it are working, » the release said. « Today’s announcement is proof that Ontario’s auto industry in these difficult times »

The press release referred to the government’s « ten-year plan to promote prosperity » but did not specify any commitment to the GM deal

In this Monday, September 17, 2012, file photo, a sign stands outside the General Motors Oshawa car assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont. (AP Photo / The Canadian Press , Michelle Siu)

Unifor National President Jerry Dias and Unifor Bargaining Committee Representatives Announce New Tentative Agreement With GM On Behalf Of 1,700 Members Working In St Catharines, Oshawa And Woodstock Before Deadline strike at 11:59 p.m. tonight, Thursday, November 5, 2020 in Toronto THE CANADIAN PRESS / Carlos Osorio

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