Canadian worker’s union Unifor has released a new television ad to raise awareness about General Motors‘ plan to shut down its large assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario as part of a major corporate restructuring.
As Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ reports, the labor union is currently airing an ad on local Detroit cable that slams the automaker for continuing to build millions of cars in Mexico, while turning its back to plants in Canada.
“We did our Canadian best when GM was facing bankruptcy, we bailed them out with nearly $11 billion dollars,” a voiceover in the ad says. “Now GM wants to ramp up production in Mexico to a million cars a year, while they shrink production in Canada to a fifth of that.”
“Hey GM, you want to sell here? Build here,” it concludes.
GM and Unifor were scheduled to meet to discuss this final fate of the Oshawa Assembly plant yesterday, but GM said the talks would continue into today.
The automaker announced it would close the Oshawa plant earlier this year along with its plants in Lordstown, Ohio and Hamtramck in Metro Detroit. Two of its US transmission plants will be shuttered soon as well.
GM must meet with United Auto Workers union later this year to discuss this closure of the US plants.
In addition, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan told WXYZ he’s been in discussion with with GM CEO Mary Barra over its decision to close the Detroit-Hamtramck facility, which will eliminate 1,500 jobs from the already struggling region.
Unifor members and auto workers from all over Ontario protested GM’s decision to close the large Canadian production plant Monday.
Oshawa currently builds the Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala. It also completes final assembly on Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups destined for sale in the area, which arrive at the plant half-finished from GM’s pickup plant in Indiana.
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