General Motors Canada will face historic decisions soon, as upcoming labor negotiations ultimately will decide the fate of the Oshawa assembly.
GM has not committed to any future production past 2017, leaving workers worried for job security. The Peter Borough Examiner reports Unifor Local 222 has begun an online petition to raise awareness over the future of Oshawa and its employees, spearheaded by labor activist Linda Mackenzie-Nicholas of Port Hope.
Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd has since responded to the petition, stating the following:
Both the federal government and the provincial government have shown their commitment to GM’s Oshawa plant. Both levels of senior government committed almost $14 billion in 2009 to help stabilize the auto sector.
We certainly hope GM as a private enterprise will determine how important the Oshawa plant is in their strategic future, as we celebrate the recent announcement of almost 1,000 engineering jobs to be located in Durham Region by General Motors.
The petition states, “productive jobs with decent pay are crucial for the well being of our communities. The end of vehicle production at GM Oshawa would lead in just two years to the loss of 33,000 total jobs; the loss of $5.7 billion to Ontario’s economy; and the loss of $1 billion in government revenue.”
GM has consistently reminded those concerned with the future of the assembly plant that labor negotiations will determine the future of the Oshawa assembly plant, which begin later this summer.