Autoworkers to protest GM investors meeting in Windsor

Autoworkers to protest GM investors meeting in Windsor

Autoworkers to protest GM investors meeting in Windsor

Dias said the rally was timed to coincide with an investor meeting in the GM buildings on the Detroit side of the Detroit River.

"We are demanding a meeting, we are demanding that the prime minister, the premier of Ontario and myself sit in a meeting organized by the prime minister and the premier, that we meet with CEO Barra and they tell them how disgusted they are with their decision", said Dias.

We are fighting to the bitter end because General Motors is going to have to change their decision.

The action came after Unifor, the union representing the autoworkers, failed to win GM's support for its proposals to save the plant. He said there's going to be "a lot of noise next week" at the auto show and an aggressive campaign, but he didn't give details.

"GM is going to live up to the commitment that they made to us in 2016 that they will be no closures during the life of our agreement", he said.

Unifor commissioned the study from Robin Somerville, director of the Centre for Spatial Economics and President of Quantitative Economic Decisions Inc.

GM said the Oshawa plant will close at the end of 2019.

Oshawa, which produces GM's Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, has the capacity to produce 310,000 vehicles, but its 2018 utilization was just 22 percent, according to LMC Automotive. "GM has betrayed us". "Nobody's exempt from corporate greed".

Sladkowski said the loss of such good jobs will be devastating.

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Workers did return to work after the sit-down strike staged at the Oshawa plant.

Whitmee helped build GM trucks before that plant closed.

GM said it has identified job opportunities, is willing to pay for retraining and is open to negotiations on packages for workers on top of what is already included in contracts. Her friends carried a sign that read "Justin Where R U?"

A handful of local NDP politicians also attended the rally.

"At the root of General Motors' problems, it's they're losing market share", said DesRosiers.

"Shame on you, General Motors", said Moffat.

Dias said it isn't too late for GM to change its mind, but time was running out.

Unifor volunteer Allison Kozolanka, left, sizes up a T-shirt for Carl Dillman of Unifor Local 222 in Oshawa during a rally at Windsor's Dieppe Park.

The Oshawa plant closure, which GM has said would affect 2,973 assembly-line jobs, was announced in November as part of a broad restructuring aimed at cutting costs as investments increase in electric and autonomous vehicles.

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