Press Conference Details Below
OSHAWA, ON, Dec. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The CAW is reacting in anger and
frustration at the leaked announcement by General Motors that the
company will allocate the next generation of Camaro to its Lansing,
Michigan assembly plant, instead of the Oshawa Flex Plant where it is
The decision will cut between one third and one quarter of production in
Oshawa and will occur in late 2015, early 2016. The union is calling on
General Motors to replace the production on a one-to-one basis,
ensuring that no jobs are lost.
"General Motors has once again shown a complete and utter disregard for
its workers and also Canadians in general, whose tax dollars kept the
company out of bankruptcy," said CAW National President Ken Lewenza.
While the exact number of jobs that may be lost has not yet been
accounted for, removing Camaro could have the effect of closing down a
number of auto parts companies. "This decision will cause yet another
devastating shock to the Durham Region and the country's auto
industry," said Lewenza. Lewenza called the announcement and its
timing both "callous and poorly thought-out."
"The timing of this announcement couldn't possibly be any worse," said
CAW Local 222 President Chris Buckley. "Our members are now going into
the holiday season wondering what will happen to them and if they'll
have jobs in the future. General Motors must now explain to our members
and Canadian tax payers why they are pulling more production out of the
The CAW will be responding via a media conference call today at 2 p.m.
at the CAW Local 222 Hall in Oshawa - 1425 Phillip Murray Avenue.
Please call 1-888-886-7786
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
please call CAW Communications Shannon Devine (cell) 416-302-1699, John McClyment (cell) 416-315-3202, CAW Local 222 Communications Director Joe Sarnovsky (cell) 905-439-1007