GM Canada, Unifor Reach Agreement To Transition Oshawa Assembly To Parts Manufacturing, Vehicle Testing

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General Motors Canada and Unifor announced that they have reached a “Transformation Agreement” that will transition the GM Oshawa Assembly operations to parts manufacturing and advanced vehicle testing.

As part of agreement, General Motors Canada will invest more than $170 million to support a transition of operations at the plant from vehicle assembly to one focused on stamping, related sub-assembly, and other miscellaneous activities for GM and other auto industry customers. The company will also convert part of the plant into a test track for autonomous and advanced technology vehicles.

The agreement saves some 300 jobs at the plant with the potential to generate new jobs in the future. General Motors Canada will also offer special relocations to Oshawa employees for jobs at some of its other Ontario operations. At the same time, enhanced retirement packages to eligible Oshawa Assembly employees, will be made available.

Other news includes a “Jobs Action Centre” that will be opened in June 2019, in Oshawa to enable employees to plan now for future career opportunities outside GM following the end of Oshawa vehicle production in December 2019. The company will also offer retraining financial support for all qualified Oshawa Assembly hourly employees seeking new employment