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GM workers walk out after calling Oshawa plant‘s shuttering sh a slap in the face workers



Eugen Weber, a GM employee for 38 years, General Manager of Oshawa, Ont., On Nov. 26, 2018.

Fred Lum / The Globe and Mail

Carl Dillman has heard a few rumors about the future of Oshawa hes General Motors. He wasn shutt ready to hear the plant would shut down.

After a rash of media reports on Tuesday, the GM of the Oshawa plant will be able to release more than 2,500 Oshawa plants. Dillman, a lift-truck driver at the car plant, was left in shock.

Plant I didn drivet really think it was going to happen, the said the Globe and Mail at the headquarters of Unifor Local 222, a short drive from the plant. Hundreds of people have been blown away. Mr. Dillman has been planting for 37 years. “I wanted to go another three years – make it an even 40, to he said. . Be It goings going to be tough. I”m just hoping I don It have to sell my house. ’

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At the meeting, Unifor national president Jerry Dias, local president, Colin James and the chairman Greg Moffatt said they would push GM's honor In September, 2020, he said, spoken It's a heated, sometimes profanity-laced speech, ed he said. chief executive, Mary Barra.

And we're going to have to say,, Mr. Dias. I'm going to be building a building, not going to work. only

The Oshawa plant builds the Chevrolet Impala, the Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Local Unifor members. Moffatt Tuesday, he said, and you andre going to be in the industry. Tuesday

The plant will be closing in Oshawa. But, Stephanie Nickle, 24, who built the plant, and every mother, Laurie Nickle, 47.

Turning At least I turningm young, and I can hopefully go back to school, school Stephanie said. “How are you? And

Asked Laurie, who builds truck motors. “I have no experience. I've been building cars for 20 years. What am I going to do? What

Earlier Monday morning, the first of the plant's engineers, machinists and other auto workers are coming out of the plant. The Globe and other media outlets reported that the GM will shut down the plant as a restructuring of the global economy.

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Craig Laing found out when he turned on the radio during the driver to feel sensations truck-making job and prayed that he would be spared only because he'd heard the car plant would go. A That as pretty big, the car plant going, going he said before punching in just after 6 a.m. ”I .m hoping that keeps my job.“

He would not be so lucky. A few hours later, GM workers have been working in the office, signed by Mike Trevorrow. all. Several plants

The company has done several options for the Oshawa Assembly,'s but that's not what the GM has to offer. past the end of 2019.

Tool-and-die maker Eugen Weber has been at the plant for 38 years. The It thes a slap ” Financial This is what I wanted years a a ““ ““ ““ ““ Chrysler's Canadian operations by 2015.

”It went along a little longer,“ Mr. ”I think that prettys pretty much what“s happened here. We

The plan was invested by an assembly line. The factory was close to 2019.

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But The refurbishment wasn refurbt entirely practical. “They’re bringing [truck] ”bodies” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”” ”


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