As the deadline of a strike looms at 11:59 p.m. this evening for Unifor GM Canada workers, things are beginning to look bleak. Without new investment and product, the Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant will likely close before the year 2020, displacing employees.
But, as Automotive News reports, Oshawa isn’t the GM city it once was. And that’s not all bad.
A new university, cancer center and nuclear plant expansion have made Oshawa one of the fastest growing labor markets in the country, attracting new workers who may never be a part of General Motors.
Oshawa continues to diversify its employment through technology, education and healthcare. As the report states, more students study game development than automotive engineering.
And despite the GM-Oshawa woes, BMO Capital Markets ranked Oshawa first in the country in its latest Regional Labour Market Report Card.
Oshawa will likely always be a GM town, but it’s not the city many once knew. For many new employees, that’s for the better.