CAW to meet in Detroit with General Motors on future of Oshawa Truck Plant



    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - Canadian Auto Workers union President Buzz
Hargrove, along with other union representatives, will meet with General
Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner and other company officials tomorrow
(Friday, June 6) at the Renaissance Centre in Detroit, Michigan to discuss the
future of the Oshawa Truck Plant.
    The closed-door meeting is scheduled to take place from 8:00am to 9:00am
EST.
    Hargrove will be available for comment by the Detroit Riverside entrance
to the Renaissance Centre 15 minutes prior to tomorrow's meeting (from 7:45am
until 8:00am) and again upon the meeting's adjournment.
    On June 3, General Motors announced plans to cease production of
half-tonne trucks at the plant in Oshawa, Ontario in 2009, effectively
eliminating 2,600 jobs. CAW members have set up a blockade at the General
Motors headquarters in Oshawa, demanding the company reverse their decision.
    In May, the CAW reached a new collective agreement with GM which included
provisions to postpone a 900-worker layoff at the truck plant until September
2009. This would include having both shifts working on an alternating two-on,
two-off basis. The agreement also included product commitment for the truck
plant.
    CAW President Buzz Hargrove said that the decision to close this Oshawa
plant goes against the agreement with GM and is an "utter betrayal" of the
collective agreement. The union is looking into ways of overturning the
decision.





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