GM to shut 5 crops in US, Canada

GM to shut 5 crops in US, Canada

GM to shut 5 crops in US, Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday expressed his "deep disappointment" in General Motors' decision to close its Oshawa plant, a move Canadian officials only learned about on Sunday and which led workers to walk off the job on Monday.

Ford said along with shock and sadness, come feelings of anger and betrayal.

The two MI assembly plants GM announced will close are the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and the Warren Transmission Plant.

"It is not that GM built Oshawa - Oshawa built GM". Not allocating product doesn't mean the plants will permanently close, but it puts their future and the jobs of roughly 6,700 hourly and salaried factory employees in the US and Canada at risk.

Patterson said that the Oshawa plant has the capacity to run six shifts day but for the last several years had only been running three shifts.

The U.S. plant closures must be negotiated with the UAW, which could refuse to agree to a collective bargaining agreement and strike the automaker's plants nationally - ceasing production of highly profitable truck and SUV plants that are subsidizing costs of autonomous and electrified vehicles.

General Motors workers packed an Oshawa union hall on Monday to hear what UNIFOR is going to do to save their jobs.

"The PC government is also asking the federal government to work with their USA counterparts to remove all tariffs so that impacted auto parts suppliers can remain competitive after the Oshawa Assembly Plant closes its doors".

"The ones that are sole-sourced to the plant, you know, who've been living off GM rather than getting out and hustling other business, they're vulnerable".

The Canadian government loaned GM 10.8 billion Canadian dollars (about 8.1 billion US dollars) in 2009 to help keep the USA company afloat as it faced a possible insolvency.

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GM says its transforming its global workforce to ensure it has the right skill sets for today and the future and will improve efficiency by reducing salaried and salaried contract staff by 15 percent, which includes eliminating 25 percent of its executive roles to streamline decision making.

In addition to competition from traditional auto makers, GM now finds itself pushing against technology companies for the future of mobility, Paterson said.

Barra explained that GM is restructuring now, "while the company and the economy are strong, to stay in front of a fast-changing market". On Monday, he told reporters at Queen's Park that he had a conversation with the head of GM Canada and asked what his government could do but was told that "the ship has already left the dock".

In October, GM offered buyouts to thousands of blue- and white-collar workers in an attempt to reduce payroll and other costs.

GM's history in Canada dates back more than 100 years. The Impala is built at the GM plant in Oshawa.

"Today we got our first major preview of how this upheaval will manifest", he added.

GM said the closure affects a total of 2,973 assembly line jobs.

Porter said those laid off at the Oshawa plant will struggle to replicate the wages they earned at GM, and expects the absence of the Oshawa's long-time largest employer will be a serious setback for the region's economy.

The loan also appears to be attributed to a bankrupt version of the firm that was split off from a viable version of GM that year.

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