GM Canada to Train, Help Find Jobs for Fired Workers on FCA Unifor 2016 Contract Talks

Canada is GM’s fourth-largest global market—at average prices, GM’s sales in Canada are worth well over $10 billion each year.

After the Trump tantrum over his job-destroying trade and tariff policies that was partially responsible for GM’s latest reorganization, GM Canada and its local dealers  have announced they will train and hire workers fired at the Oshawa Assembly plant to become auto service technicians at GM dealerships if they so choose. (AutoInformed: Unifor Blasts GM Canada Closings)

GM Canada will also join with Durham Region educators and governments to train and transition Oshawa Assembly employees to new careers in Durham  Region. “These efforts will help address the significant open requirements for talented workers from other regional employers,” GM said.  

See on GM Plant Closings

As the projections show GM has over-capacity.

GM Canada will dedicate resources and plans to work with Durham College, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the provincial and federal governments. GM will work closely with Unifor to support employees and manage the transition when firings begin at Oshawa Assembly in 2019.

“I am deeply appreciative of the quick support and leadership from Durham College president, Don Lovisa, our other local educational partners and our provincial and federal governments in offering support to GM employees,” said Mr. Hester.

The well-established GM Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) established and supported by GM Canada’s dealers is available through colleges across Canada to initiate training for interested employees and place them in dealership jobs as they train. (

Earlier this year, GM Canada also committed $1.8 million in support for STEM education across Canada with a focus on inspiring young women and other under-represented groups to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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