Yesterday, General Motors issued the release stating?it’ll announce big news in Oshawa on Friday. According to The Star, that announcement will include 1,000 new jobs at GM’s architectural center, which?now focuses on driverless and linked vehicles.
However, the announcement comes?as uncertainty swirls around?GM’utes Oshawa Car Assembly Grow, a facility that many analysts believe is actually slated for drawing a line under.
Oshawa, once home to a truck plant and Camaro production, now develops the Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Impala Limited, Chevrolet Equinox, Buick Noble, and Cadillac XTS. GM Canada refuses to make any commitments in order to Oshawa until labor negotiations conclude this summer.
It’s been rumored that Regal production may move to Germany when the next-generation model bows in 2017. The actual XTS is slated to finish production in 2019. That leaves just the Chevrolet Impala, which is also built in Hamtramck, Michigan, and Chevrolet Equinox, also is built in Ingersoll, Ontario as well as Spring Hill, Tennessee, at Oshawa Car Set up beyond 2019. Production of the actual Chevrolet Impala Limited, a previous-generation model only offered to fleets, ends this particular month.
At a meeting working in london, Ontario last week, Unifor, the union that represents workers working at Detroit Three facilities in Ontario, announced its main focus?going into this particular year’s collective bargaining.
“When we get into bargaining, the number one priority is going to be maintaining and growing the footprint of the industry in Canada,” said Chris Taylor, Chair of the Auto Council and the President associated with Local 200 at the Ford engine grow in Windsor.
“That was the actual unanimous decision of our members here these days.”
The 120 union delegates also agreed to focus on “specific investment requires for Canada with regard to assembly and powertrain procedures,” Unifor stated in the release. The actual union?would not elaborate when asked many times by TTAC for particulars.
Oshawa Assembly is one of two main battleground plants going into this year’s collective bargaining. Fiat-Chrysler’s Brampton plant, which creates the Chrysler 300, Dodge Battery charger, and Dodge Opposition, is also rumored?to shut.
That’s not to say Vehicle isn’t investing in Ontario in other ways.
In 04, GM?purchased a package of land in downtown Toronto from the film studio. The actual land is expected to become converted into a multi-use facility which will house Cadillac’s Canadian HQ and the Toronto GM Mobility Campus.
Last August, GM introduced a small investment in Oshawa Assembly’utes Consolidated Line to increase Equinox production, though a bigger percentage of that expense went to GM’s Ingersoll grow.
GM could be investing in engineering in Oshawa as a way to placate nearby?residents and government authorities, which bailed out GM to the melody of $10.8 million,?ahead of a future set up plant closure.
Former Oshawa gran John Gray encouraged Canadians to boycott GM if the company eliminates more jobs in Oshawa. The current mayor of the town is a bit more optimistic.
“The just thing I can say is that I’ll be attending the announcement on Friday morning,Inch mayor John Henry told The Celebrity. “And I’m always eager about the excitement of a General Motors announcement in Oshawa.”