/R E P E A T -- Unifor to release major auto industry study/

TORONTO, March 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Canada's largest union in the private sector, and the leading union in the auto sector, will release an independent study Monday examining the economic impact of the General Motors plant in Oshawa.

"This study will give industry, government and labour the hard data they need to make decisions about the future of the auto industry in Canada," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias, who will be at the press conference.

Unifor commissioned the study to provide an independent assessment of the importance of the plant to the Canadian economy as a whole. Unifor has long argued that Canada needs a national auto strategy, as other countries already have, to ensure the industry continues to be a source of good jobs.

The study examines the economic impact of GM's Oshawa complex – including its 3,600 hourly production workers and an estimated 500 salaried staff whose jobs are tied to manufacturing production there. 

Unifor Economist Jim Stanford, along with the report's author, will also be at the press conference.

  • What: Press conference to release an independent study on the economic impact of the General Motors plant in Oshawa
  • When: March 30, 9:30am
  • Where: Queen's Park Media Studio, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
  • Speakers: Unifor National President Jerry Dias, Unifor Economist Jim Stanford and the report's author

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 305,000 workers, including close to 40,000 in the auto sector. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union merged.

SOURCE Unifor

For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Director Sarah Blackstock at sarah.blackstock@unifor.org or (cell) 416-949-1072.


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