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  • GM’s Oshawa Plant Closing

    GM just turned down the Unifor offers to keep the Oshawa, Ontario GM open.

    Originally posted by AutoNews
    GM rejects Unifor's proposals to keep Oshawa assembly plant open

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    General Motors

    General Motors will not allot product to its Oshawa Assembly Plant and two other assembly plants in the United States after 2019.

    DETROIT -- After reviewing several union proposals to keep General Motors’ Oshawa assembly plant in Ontario operating beyond 2019, the automaker told Canada's Unifor union on Tuesday that it stands by the decision to close the plant.

    “Unfortunately, all Unifor’s proposals would involve substantial incremental costs and a further deterioration of GM’s competitive position. Having completed an analysis of Unifor’s proposals, GM has determined that it cannot pursue them because they would not combat the declining economic and market factors that must be addressed,” GM wrote in a response it submitted to Unifor on Tuesday in Detroit.

    GM added, in an official statement: "GM responded to Unifor proposals from December and invited the union to begin constructive discussions on transition strategies and supports for Oshawa Assembly workers who may elect to either retire or pursue new careers following their work for GM."

    The meeting between Unifor officials and a senior management team from General Motors took place at 2 p.m. ET at the automaker's headquarters in Detroit.

    General Motors, which is implementing a massive company-wide restructuring plan designed to save the company $6 billion by the end of 2020, announced in November that after 2019 it will no longer allot product to assembly plants in Oshawa, Lordstown, Ohio, and Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich. Another undisclosed assembly plant outside North America and a U.S. propulsion plant will also close.

    Blaming declining sales of passenger vehicles across the automotive industry and a switch in focus to autonomous and electric vehicles, GM said it would no longer have product for its Oshawa workforce, throwing 2,500 Unifor members out of work at the end of the year.

    Specifically, GM said it would stop the truck shuttle program that sees the automaker ship unfinished outgoing models of the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado to Oshawa from a plant in Indiana. The automaker also said it will stop building the Chevy Impala and Cadillac XTS.

    At a meeting last month with GM executives in Detroit, Unifor submitted at least a trio of proposals to save the plant. It proposed launching GM’s new Blazer in Oshawa rather than Mexico, as planned; extending truck production in Oshawa; extending two existing passenger vehicle programs and bringing product back to Canada from Mexico.

    Unifor officials say that during collective bargaining in 2016, GM committed to keeping Oshawa open for the duration of the four-year agreement which expires Sept. 21, 2020. But, the automaker claims it only needs to give the union one year’s notice before closing the plant. Dias said the union received that notice in November.

    The plant, which once employed 23,000 workers at the height of its production in the 1980s, has been a major part of Oshawa’s economy for 100 years.

    The automaker is also ceasing production of the Chevrolet Volt and Cruze and Buick Lacrosse, as well as the Cadillac CT6.
    https://www.autonews.com/manufacturi...=hero-headline


    So many questions about the ME right now; so few answers yet.

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  • #2
    People need to know that this is essentially the only GM plant in Canada, and a huge loss to Oshawa, and the Ontario economy.

    The union has been running radio ads for weeks talking about the $11B that the Canadian people put into GM to save it in 2009 and this is the thanks we get.

    I don't know why anyone would buy a GM product here after this.

    GM withdrew from Europe and from Australia after taking their money as well. Ironic on this day that their consolidation is to the US and Mexico.
    Last edited by Bikerjulio; 01-08-2019, 05:36 PM.

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    • #3
      The oswaha plant did a fantastic job building the fifth gen camaro. They had the spirit to imstill beautiful build quality.

      ALthough i tend to disagree with canadian leadership politically I do wish gm could find a way to keep that plant open in the future.

      the workers at oswaha were tremendously enthusiastic about producing the fifth gen camaro to a very high standard.

      i would have found a way to produce electric vehicles ie cuvs there if i were gm..

      same for the other gm plants..

      there is no reason these soon shuttered tered plants can not be used to produce electric cuv s in the near future.

      Last edited by John; 01-08-2019, 08:46 PM.

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      • #4
        Times are tough in the automotive industry. These changes are required for GM to remain viable in a world supply chain for automobiles.

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        • #5
          I hope we don't **** up that
          Originally posted by Busa Dave View Post
          world supply chain
          too much.



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          • #6
            Once again, we are starting drifiting in political and social commentary. Let’s instead not. Thank you.
            So many questions about the ME right now; so few answers yet.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by John View Post
              Once again, we are starting drifiting in political and social commentary. Let’s instead not. Thank you.
              Guess I should just be quiet then ..... Click image for larger version

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              • #8
                Maybe I need to stop threads about plant closures, unless they are reversals and good news...
                So many questions about the ME right now; so few answers yet.

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                • #9
                  Maybe they will be able to utilize it as their Secret Lab. No wait, they are doing a pretty good job of keeping it a secret. Hopefully there will be a good use for it to make new regenerative electric hubs or something for vehicles like this.
                  Rocket City Florida

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                  • #10
                    That is a very interesting and intriguing rendering. I like the hood, and would not be surprised to see a variant of it, just as fvs has earlier rendered, on the Z06+ versions.

                    Two thing about the renderings IMO, that are not to scale are the massive height and width of the front fenders, and the extra wide flat “deck” immediately outside the door windows.

                    Buit still exciting and powerful to look at.

                    Thanks Frenzy36 for posting this!
                    So many questions about the ME right now; so few answers yet.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by John View Post
                      Once again, we are starting drifiting in political and social commentary. Let’s instead not. Thank you.
                      Sorry John...with the new fangled 24/7 news cycle existence I must not even be aware i entered the political topic of the GM plant.. (my crazy wife listens to the news all day everyday...she has tv s in every room practically playing the news..., she has her cell phone binging news alerts....believe it or not...i cant watch more than an hour of the news or should I say editorial license each day.....just depends on what channel is playing what the supposed news is being discussed) sorry i didnt even realize i entered that arena calling for you to adjust my post yet again..

                      i was really just saying the good people who built the fifth gen camaro deserve work...

                      i remember hearing about the yearly welcoming of fifth gen camaro owners at their plant for a celebration of the camaro brand and there was quite the brotherhood. (I enjoy listening to the camaro podcast for quite a few years and interestingly enough while chris frezza has a sixth gen 2 ss convertible with the 8 speed...his partner recently bought a corvette z06)

                      Overall Im saddened by the fact the plant is being closed and all those good workers who enthusiastically worked on that fine vehicle are out of work.
                      Last edited by JB; 01-09-2019, 06:13 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Devastating for that part of Ontario for sure. I am also with you on that we are GM people. We have some friends with the amazing top of the line brand new Camaros. They are sports cars based IMO not on their looks, but on their track performance levels, with their cars faster around the Nurburgring than probably 90+% of the Corvettes at a corvette event.

                        totally agree, that the closing of Oshawa is sad.
                        So many questions about the ME right now; so few answers yet.

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                        • #13
                          I don't know what the prevailing wage is at Oshawa, but one Canadian dollar = 75.5 cents USD. One would therefore think that Canadian content could help to make cars price competitive.

                          I guess this is the end of the line for the Impala. I remember, in the early 1960s, they used to put them together in Tarrytown New York, next to the Hudson River. I think GM made a killing on selling off that site for alternative real estate development. Wonder if the Oshawa plant's real estate makes that plant worth more dead than alive? Google Maps shows it to be along the 401, near Lake Ontario,

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                          • #14
                            Just for kicks and because i get a kickout of looking at previous sites of the automotive industry....

                            half the reason i want to go to detroit one day is to visit the abandoned historical sites,

                            https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/2018/03/01/big-plans-big-questions-development-sleepy-hollows-slice-gm/346579002/

                            and 2018 update




                            https://www.lohud.com/story/news/loc...te/1029734001/

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                            • #15
                              Well the Street like what GM is doing, up nicely so far this morning. This my friends is the bottom line here. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/gm-br...140319669.html

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