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  • Oshawa’s 300 Saved Jobs

    GM announced some positive news for Oshawa, that 300 jobs will be saved. Still very sad news for the remaining 2,300. Oshawa will have a parts production and also a testing facility.

    Originally posted by gmauthority
    Oshawa Assembly To Be Converted Into Parts Production Plant, 300 Jobs Saved

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    General Motors has announced it will invest $170 million CAD in the Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario, converting the former vehicle assembly facility into a parts production site and an autonomous vehicle testing center.

    In a statement, the automaker said it “plans to invest in excess of C$170 million to support a transition of operations at the Plant from vehicle assembly to one focused on stamping, related sub-assembly, and other miscellaneous activities for GM and other auto industry customers.”

    Artists’ rendition of the AV test track.

    The move will retain 300 union jobs at the plant – a small bit of consolation for the 2,600 employees that stand to lose their jobs when vehicle production ends at the plant later this year.

    In addition to stamping and parts production facilities, the revamped Oshawa Assembly site will also feature a new outdoor test track for testing autonomous and “advanced technology” vehicles.

    Dubbed the ‘Oshawa Test Track’, the automaker says the track will support “GM Canada’s Canadian Technical Centre (CTC), in particular its Oshawa and Markham campuses where the company now develops software and hardware for Autonomous Vehicle Systems, Embedded Controls, Active Safety Systems and Infotainment.”

    Artists’ rendition of the AV test track.

    GM Canada also outlined plans to make “special relocations” available to certain Oshawa employees for jobs at some of its other Ontario operations and will open a “Jobs Action Center” in Oshawa this June that will “enable employees to plan now for future career opportunities outside GM following the end of Oshawa vehicle production in December 2019.” The center is financially backed by GM, Unifor and the Ontario government.

    “This transformation plan is very significant as it positions Oshawa for a sustainable future,” said GM Canada president and managing director Travis Hester. “This agreement maximizes the support for our people and their families, and further secures Oshawa as a key in developing vehicles of the future at our new test track.”

    “By maintaining a footprint in Oshawa, and keeping the plant intact, we save hundreds of jobs and this gives us the ability to build and create new jobs in the future. We are in a much better position than we were five months ago when the plant was closing,” added Unifor boss Jerry Dias.

    It’s not clear when construction will begin on the new autonomous vehicle test track, nor when parts production may begin in Oshawa.

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  • #2
    Here’s the Detroit News article on this:

    Originally posted by DetNews
    GM, Unifor agree to slimmed-down future for Oshawa plant

    Nora Naughton, The Detroit NewsPublished 11:23 a.m. ET May 8, 2019
    General Motors Co. and Canadian trade union Unifor have forged an agreement to save about 300 of the 2,600 endangered union jobs at the Detroit automaker's Oshawa Assembly Plant.

    GM will invest $170 million Canadian in the Oshawa, Ontario, plant to transition to "stamping, sub-assembly and miscellaneous activities," Travis Hester, president and managing director of GM Canada said at a joint press conference. The Oshawa plant will stop production of the Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala by December 2019 as previously announced.

    Another 55 acres on the south end of the property will be converted to support testing of self-driving vehicles.

    The agreement between GM and Canada comes nearly six months after the Detroit automaker announced a global restructuring effort that would include stopping production by January 2020 at the Unifor-represented Oshawa Assembly plant and four United Auto Workers-represented plant in the U.S.
    Workers arrive at the General Motors Assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, on November 26, 2018. (Photo: LARS HAGBERG, AFP/Getty Images)
    Intense backlash from both unions followed GM's restructuring announcement on Nov. 26, with Unifor spearheading an aggressive attack-ad campaign against GM. Unifor in March agreed to suspend that ad campaign — which began with front page advertisements in Dec. 20 issues of The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press and reached its crescendo in a contested Super Bowl ad — after the automaker and the union appeared to make progress toward a future for GM's Oshawa plant.

    On March 6, GM's Lordstown Assembly in Ohio was the first to stop production of its only product: the Chevrolet Cruze. The Detroit-Hamtramck plant stopped production of the Chevrolet Volt and Buick LaCrosse on Feb. 15, but will continue production of the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala through January 2020.

    UAW leadership has repeatedly said it will "leave no stone unturned" in fighting to keep Lordstown, Detroit-Hamtramck, Warren Transmission and Baltimore Operations running. GM and the UAW will discuss the future of those plants during contract negotiations this fall.

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    • #3
      Thats awesome...good jobs for the good people of oshawa...

      they really had great pride in making the fifth gen camaro and their festivals each year showed their passion.

      im glad they have some degree of relief from the recent plant announce,ents...

      the peak of auto production was long overdue and the drops in sales has been very very mild so far...

      i think today us sales with regards to monthly Saar is about 5.4 percent...

      canada is at 11 percent drop and mexico jn and around the same range.