GM, Unifor announce investment in Oshawa plant that will save 300 jobs

GM, Unifor announce investment in Oshawa plant that will save 300 jobs

Unifor and GM Canada said the transition will cost $170 million and save 300 of the 2,600 union jobs at the plant, with the potential to grow and attract more jobs as the facility attracts new customers.

May 8, 2019 Adam Burns and Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press  0

General Motors Canada president Travis Hester, left, and Unifor national president Jerry Dias pack up their notes as they leave a press conference announcing GM’s investment in the Oshawa assembly plant, in Toronto, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

TORONTO — The union representing Canadian auto workers claimed a partial victory Tuesday after General Motors Canada announced an Oshawa, Ont., plant slated to close later this year will be converted to a part-stamping and autonomous vehicle testing facility.

Unifor and GM Canada said the transition will cost $170 million and save 300 of the 2,600 union jobs at the plant, with the potential to grow and attract more jobs as the facility attracts new customers.

GM Canada president Travis Hester, who announced the so-called “Transformation Agreement” alongside Unifor national president Jerry Dias, said the Oshawa site will still end vehicle production at the end of 2019.

However, 22 hectares of the facility will be converted into a test track for autonomous and other advanced vehicles, which Hester said will help expand the nearby Canadian Technical Centre.

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