Unifor Local 222, which represents hourly workers at the factory, is asking owners of GM vehicles to display lawn signs calling for a boycott. The signs read: "If GM pulls out of Oshawa, this is the last GM vehicle I buy."
Jim Hackett downplayed a report that the automaker may cut 25,000 jobs and said he'll have more news to share later this week.
General Motors Canada CEO Travis Hester says the company will be hiring in Canada, despite the automaker's plan to not allocate new product to its Oshawa Assembly Plant, according to the CBC.
General Motors is further differentiating the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD from its smaller sibling. The redesigned HD pickup's grille features a flow-through "CHEVROLET" similar to some models of the Silverado 1500.
On the day CEO Mary Barra outlined the largest round of job cuts and plant shutdowns in nearly a decade, General Motors also was having an orientation for new hires. Shrinking its employee ranks is part of its plan for the next economic downturn and the future, but GM also is working to change the makeup of the work force that remains.
While the shutdown of GM's Oshawa plant will affect about 3,000 hourly and salaried workers the concern is it could snowball to other companies and spill over into the auto parts sector.
Unifor president Jerry Dias is also urging Canada and the U.S. to hold off signing the new USMCA on trade and to join forces on a 40-per-cent tariff on GM vehicles built in Mexico.
General Motors President Dan Ammann will step down from his role to become CEO of the automaker's Cruise autonomous vehicle unit. The move -- effective Jan. 1 -- emphasizes the importance of the operations to the future of GM, which plans to launch a public self-driving ride-hailing fleet in 2019.
Martinrea's factory in nearby Ajax, Ont., supplies GM's Oshawa plant with parts for the Cadillac XTS and the Chevrolet Impala. Neither car will be made beyond 2019.
General Motors plans to end one of its two truck assembly shifts in summer 2019, followed by the end of the other truck shift and its car assembly line at year's end.
Unifor president Jerry Dias says General Motors' plan to close its assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., puts the Detroit-based automaker on the brink of leaving Canada completely.
General Motors' plans to end production next year at five North American plants and slash salaried head count by 15 per cent will not come without risks and consequences. It will have to navigate political headwinds and not attempt to overplay its hand during upcoming union negotiations.