Automaker rejects Unifor plan, going ahead with the shutdown.
“GM today, by reconfirming their decision, has not only picked a fight frankly with Unifor, but they have picked a fight with all of Canada,” said Jerry Dias.
Alliance will lobby to “re-invest in public services,” and ask Ford to encourage employers to create “good stable jobs.”
Jerry Dias wants GM to reverse plans to cut more than 14,000 jobs, including 2,500 production workers in Oshawa, Ont.
Canada’s manufacturing sector lost 278,000 jobs between 2000 and 2007.
Ford said the fight ahead for the 2,500 autoworkers affected by the looming Oshawa plant closure will be to find new jobs.
The human cost of job loss is enormous, potentially leading to depression, failing marriages or health, even suicide.
Unifor leader calls on Trudeau to work with Trump to keep manufacturing jobs from shifting south.
Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor, said the union will fight against the planned move “tooth and nail.”
Part of a shift in the automaker’s global production, nothing to do with the USMCA trade agreement.
Unifor alleges Compass Minerals has been flying in replacement workers from New Brunswick to break the strike.
Agreement covers about 900 shipbuilders at its shipyard facility.
Unifor is confident it will prevail when the new arbitration panel hears the case.
75% of its members voted against the deal offered following eight months of negotiations.
They warn of NAFTA complications, but Japanese OEMs say the trade deal will level the playing field.