The transition will cost $170 million and save 300 of the 2,600 union jobs.
“It’s about maintaining a footprint, and it’s about being in a position to build for the future.” — Dias
Orders the union and its members to cease and desist from engaging in, authorizing or counselling unlawful strikes.
The former Police frontman is currently starring in a Toronto musical.
Union digs in as it battles the automaker over its decision to close the Oshawa Assembly plant.
Some GM vehicles, including the Chevrolet Blazer, Trax and GMC Terrain are made only in Mexico.
Ekos Research poll notes 45% of Canadians support an outright boycott.
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.