Last January, General Motors stopped production of the Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala for three weeks at the Oshawa plant in Ontario, Canada. When production resumed, just one shift returned to build the large sedans.
Despite the production cutbacks, Canadian union Unifor said GM will still hire new workers as Oshawa ramps up truck production this year, according to a report from Automotive News published last Friday.
Around 600 workers are currently laid-off, which means many will likely move over to the truck line, Unifor Local 222 President Colin James said. However, with more workers transferring to the truck line, it will possibly curb the number of new hires needed at the plant.
Last year, Unifor anticipated that GM would hire 500 new workers as it secured production of the current-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Unfinished bodies will be shipped from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Oshawa for paint and final assembly. GM expects Oshawa to produce 60,000 trucks annually.
Meanwhile, the one-shift operation for the XTS and Impala will last through May 28.