TORONTO/OSHAWA, ON, July 28 /CNW/ - The CAW has reached a settlement with
General Motors covering the closure of the Oshawa truck plant, scheduled for
July 1, 2009.
Two membership meetings are scheduled for today to review the settlement
- at 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. The settlement is a resolution to the grievance
filed by the union following the June 3 closure announcement, which came only
two weeks after signing the collective agreement.
The morning following the closure announcement, CAW Local 222 members
moved quickly to blockade GM's Canadian headquarters in an effort to
demonstrate the closure's severe impact on workers and the frustration many
were feeling about the sudden about-face by General Motors.
"The pressure we put on the company through our nearly two-week long
blockade made GM understand just how serious we are about looking out for the
best interests of our members," said Chris Buckley, president of CAW Local
Included in the settlement are new product commitments for the adjacent
car plant, which will partially offset the job loss from the truck plant
closure. There will also be retirement incentives, a retirement grow-in and a
buyout program for those who will permanently leave the company.
The alternating two shift operation will cease on December 21, 2008 with
the truck plant operating on one shift as of January 2009. General Motors has
agreed that the facility will not be demolished during the life of the
The 2,600 workers at the Oshawa GM truck plant are represented by CAW
The average age of the workforce is approximately 50-51 years old with an
average seniority of approximately 22 years.
For further information:
For further information: please call CAW Communications Director Shannon
Devine (cell) (416) 302-1699, CAW Local 222 Communications Director Joe
Sarnovsky (cell) (905) 439-1007 or CAW Communications Angelo DiCaro (cell)