The CAW feels betrayed by the announcement that GM will close the plant in 2009 as part of its restructuring plan. The union and GM had negotiated a new model would be built there over the next three years. The plant currently builds Chevrolet Silverado (pictured) and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The closure will cost 2,600 jobs according to local union officials, reports Automotive News.
More bad news is expected for GM's Canadian workforce, as shifts at other factories and possibly more closures could be coming. The focus of the cuts will be factories that currently produce pickup trucks and SUVs. By cutting the proportion of fuel-guzzling large vehicles in its line-up, GM hopes to position itself for the future of consumer demand in the face of continually rising fuel prices.
The improved corporate help is cold comfort to the CAW workers at Oshawa, however. The plant's union boss, Chris Buckley, expressed their frustration over the situation, and was not upbeat about a solution.
"General Motors is going to produce our truck in Mexico and the United States. That's absolutely disgusting and [we] absolutely feel betrayed today," he said. "As of May 16 we've been working under the terms of the new three-year collective agreement and in my opinion they've bargained in bad faith and that's up to us to address as a union."