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Unifor Saves Some Canadian Jobs as GM Blinks on Oshawa

This fight has international ramifications stretching beyond next year when the Canadian autoworkers and the UAW contracts expire at the Detroit Three. While not official, this makes the beginning of bargaining table battles that will cast a large shadow on the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Continue reading

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GM to Invest $36 Million in Lansing Plant. Oshawa Still Doomed

The announcement – some would call it tone deaf – came closely followed Sting and cast promoting Unifor’s #SaveOshawaGM campaign. Sting and the cast of his musical, The Last Ship, were in front of thousands of Unifor members and the public for a Valentine’s Day solidarity performance, held in the heart of downtown Oshawa. The legendary musician began with “Message in a Bottle,” and after several numbers from the musical, closed with “Every Breath You Take.” Continue reading

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GM Canada Sales Drop 15% as Boycott Bites

The boycott against GM for its Canadian job cuts and the closing of the award winning – for productivity and quality – Oshawa plant in violation of its Unifor union contract announced at the end of last year is having a negative effect on Canadians’ purchase consideration. Continue reading

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Unifor Boycott Threatens Damage for Ontario Workers GM Says

“GM is arrogant enough to think it can rob Canada of jobs without repercussions,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias, who resisted the boycott at first. “GM is making a choice to increase manufacturing in Mexico while it abandons communities that have supported it for generations but make no mistake Canadian and American consumers also have a choice,” he concluded. Continue reading

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Unifor Inteva Canadian Plant Walks Out Against GM

Unifor’s message expressed by president Jerry Dias, remains consistent – GM Oshawa Assembly must not close. GM can change course, and work with Unifor and government to develop a new plan that saves Oshawa GM. Continue reading

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GM to Federal and Ontario Governments – Oshawa Doomed

GM said it does not have a viable business case for production at Oshawa Assembly past the end of this year because of rapid changes in the North American car market, the cancellation of Oshawa products and persistent low utilization at the plant. Continue reading

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GM Rejects Unifor Proposals for Oshawa Plant Closing

The study shows there would be an immediate fallout in 2020, with Ontario’s GDP expected to fall by $5 billion and a decline in Ontario government revenues of $330 million. In the long-term, Ontario’s economy would shrink by an average of $4 billion each year to 2030, leading to a reduction in Ontario government revenues of nearly a half billion and federal government revenues of just over half a billion a year. Continue reading

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GM CAMI Strike Talks Still Stalled

“If you want to see what a NAFTA-caused race to the bottom looks like, go to Ingersoll, Ontario,” said Jerry Dias, National President of Unifor. “In that picturesque town west of Toronto, workers at the CAMI automotive plant are on strike over a reasonable proposal that their employer, General Motors of Canada, refuses to accept. – enhanced job security language.” Continue reading

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GM CAMI Workers on Strike in Canada, NAFTA at Root

“NAFTA is a non-starter without trilateral commitment and compliance to higher labor standards,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Today we clearly stated our concerns to both countries and stressed the needs of all working people.” Continue reading

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Unifor Autoworkers Ratify Ford Canada Contract

The new agreement achieved the union’s top priority to secure investment, product and jobs at the Windsor operations and it follows the pattern of financial gains achieved with GM and Fiat-Chrysler. Continue reading

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Unifor FCA Autoworkers Ratify Four-Year Deal

Diverse workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles attended local ratification meetings on Sunday and voted to ratify a four-year contract that secures both investment and wage improvements for 9,750 *Unifor members Continue reading

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Unifor Reaches Deal with GM Canada. Strike Avoided

Local 222 in Oshawa, Ontario was at the center of the negotiations. Oshawa’s future was unknown past 2019 since GM moved the production of the Chevrolet Camaro to a plant in Lansing, Michigan after a previous contract four years ago. Continue reading

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Unifor Picks GM as Target in Canadian Auto Worker Talks

The union, an outgrowth of the Canadian Autoworkers union represents more the 23,000 Canadians workers at the Big Three Detroit automakers, and more than 310,000 members in every major sector of the Canadian economy. Continue reading

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Unifor Flings Gauntlet as Ford, Fiat Chrysler Negotiations Open

Talks with General Motors formally began yesterday with GM releasing an aggressive statement that said “As we have underscored for the past two years, GM won’t make any future product decisions for Oshawa Assembly until after these negotiations.” Continue reading

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Canadian Unifor Opens Talks with Detroit Three This Week

Unifor’s bargaining committee chairperson for GM, Greg Moffatt says that the Buick Regal sedan and the Chevrolet Equinox SUV – strong sellers both – will end of their cycle before a redesign a year from now. Continue reading

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