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Rock Star Sting Joins Protest Against GM Oshawa Closure

Musician shows support with performance of musical in Oshawa.

by Michael Strong on Feb.11, 2019

Actor/musician Sting and the cast of The Last Ship in Toronto are going to Oshawa for a free performance to support workers at the GM plant that is shutting down.

Union workers at General Motors’ plant in Oshawa, Ontario, have found a high-profile ally in their fight to prevent the announced closure of the plant: Musical star Sting.

The musician, who has won multiple Grammys and fronted The Police before expanding into acting and musical theater, is joining forces with Unifor in protest of the plant closure. He and the cast of his musical, The Last Ship, are performing in Oshawa on Thursday.

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The musical is currently playing at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. However, it will travel to Oshawa for this performance – at no cost. Unifor is paying the cost to rent the theater. (more…)

Unifor Plans to Advertise GM Boycott With Super Bowl Ad

Canada-only ad pushes boycott of GM Mexican-made vehicles.

by Joseph Szczesny on Feb.01, 2019

Unifor's Jerry Dias is pushing for a trans-Canada boycott of GM vehicles made in Mexico.

The union representing auto workers in Canada is expanding its call for a trans-Canadian boycott of GM vehicles built in Mexico by advertising during the Super Bowl, traditionally one of the high points of the year for automotive advertising.

Unifor, which was formerly known as the Canadian Auto Workers union or CAW, is fighting to block General Motors’ plan to shut down an assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario.

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Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, tweeted this week that the union has prepared a special Super Bowl ad as part of its ongoing fight to upend GM’s plans to close the Oshawa plant, which currently employs 2,500 Unifor members. The site of the plant outside Toronto has built vehicles for more than a century. (more…)

Unifor Boycott of GM in Canada Making an Impact

Canadian opinions of GM falling in wake of plant closure.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jan.29, 2019

Unifor President Jerry Dias said the new advertising campaign is designed to get GM to change its mind about the Oshawa, Ontario plant.

In the wake of General Motors decision to shutter its assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, just outside of Toronto, the idea boycott to GM products is appealing to a significant number of Canadians, according to Unifor, the union that represents Canadian autoworkers.

An Ekos Research poll commissioned by Unifor found a growing number of Canadian consumers support an outright boycott of GM vehicles if the automaker does not reverse its plan to close the Oshawa assembly plant.

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“The fact that Canadian consumers are willing to punish GM with a complete boycott is exactly what we have been warning the company about for weeks,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. (more…)

Canadian Workers Return After Protest at GM’s Oshawa Plant

Union staged sit-down strike after GM rejects proposals.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jan.10, 2019

Workers at GM's plant in Oshawa, Ontario, staged a sit-down strike after the company rejected plans to keep the plant open.

Workers at General Motors’ Oshawa Assembly Plant outside of Toronto have returned to work after a brief sit-down strike this week that began a few hours after GM rejected a plan proposed by their union to keep the plant open until the end of 2019.

“The workers were so upset they couldn’t work. They couldn’t believe that General Motors had announced that all their hard work was going to be rewarded by canceling their livelihoods, by telling them the plant is closing,” Greg Moffatt, the plant chair representing Unifor workers at GM’s Oshawa facility, told reporters late Tuesday evening, according to Canadian Press.

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Production resumed Wednesday, however, but leaders of union representing some 3,000 Canadian automakers in Oshawa have vowed to continue the fight to save the plant. (more…)

Unifor Puts Pressure on GM in New Advertising Campaign

Ads have a pointed message for the company.

by Joseph Szczesny on Jan.02, 2019

Unifor President Jerry Dias said the new advertising campaign is designed to get GM to change its mind about the Oshawa, Ontario plant.

Unifor, the union representing autoworkers in Canada, has launched an advertising campaign attacking General Motors’ decision to shutter plants and idle workers.

Jerry Dias, Unifor president, the successor to the old CAW, hase advertising campaign objective is to force GM to reconsider the decision to idle an assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, on an industrial site with a history of vehicle building stretching back more than 100 years.

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The Unifor ads are scheduled to appear in Canada and the U.S. and appeared even as GM was airing an expensive advertising campaign during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays that featured GM “employees,” touting Chevrolets. (more…)

Canadian Workers Ratify New Pact with GM

Longest strike in nearly two decades over.

by Joseph Szczesny on Oct.16, 2017

The strike by Unifor workers at GM's plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, ended with a new four-year deal.

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Striking workers at the General Motors plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, have ratified a new four-year contract with the automaker, ending the longest walkout at a GM plant in nearly two decades.

Unifor Local 88 announced the results of the ratification vote Monday afternoon and said workers would begin returning to work begin immediately. The agreement was passed by 85.9% members and 78.7% of trades, the local said.

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“The ratification of a new four-year agreement between GM Canada and Unifor Local 88 at CAMI Assembly is welcome news for our company, employees and the community,” Steve Carlisle, president and managing director, General Motors Canada, in a statement. (more…)

GM Reaches Deal with Canadian Auto Workers

Uniform Local 88 holding ratification vote on Monday.

by Joseph Szczesny on Oct.15, 2017

After four weeks on the picket lines, it appears Unifor employees have struck a deal with GM. (Photo credit: Arnie De Vaan)

Striking Canadian auto workers said late Friday they had reached a tentative deal to end a four-week-old walkout at a key GM assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario.

“The Master Bargaining Committee, along with our Unifor National Representatives, is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been achieved,” Unifor Local 88 said on its website.

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“Details of the Tentative Agreement will not be released until the membership ratification meeting,” the Local said in its announcement, adding it would hold a ratification meeting and vote on Monday. (more…)

GM Tells Unifor Equinox Going to Mexico if Strike Doesn’t End

Company laying off workers at other facilities due to strike.

by Michael Strong on Oct.12, 2017

Unifor President Jerry Dias speaks to striking workers at GM's Ingersoll, Ontario, plant.

The ongoing talks between General Motors and Unifor-represented workers at the company’s plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, may be heading south — literally.

The workers at the plant, which produces the hot-selling Chevy Equinox, walked off the line more than four weeks ago and GM is beginning to feel the pinch. GM negotiators told Unifor they had a Plan B in place if the plant’s workers didn’t return to work.

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“GM just told us today that they are going to ramp up production in Mexico,” Unifor President Jerry Dias told Reuters. “They have declared war on Canada.” (more…)

GM Canada Strike Rolling into Third Week

Unifor officials say GM leaders failing to address concerns.

by Joseph Szczesny on Oct.02, 2017

The strike by Unifor workers at GM's plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, is in its third week and shows no signs of ending. (Photo credit: Unifor Local 88)

The strike by workers at a General Motors assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, that has cut production of one of GM’s most popular vehicles is entering its third week with little signs of a settlement.

Last week, Unifor negotiators, including Unifor President Jerry Dias, traveled to GM Headquarters in Detroit to discuss the roadblocks preventing a new deal.

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“We met with the heads of North American Manufacturing and Finance. We expressed our concerns around our outstanding issues, such as Job Security, Economics and Contract Language,” the unit said on its website. (more…)

GM Laying Off More Employees Due to Ingersoll Strike

Company holding firm against union demands.

by Joseph Szczesny on Sep.26, 2017

GM is going to be laying off employees at its plant in Flint, Michigan, as a result of the Ingersoll strike.

As the strike at a key assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, heads into its second week, General Motors expects to lay off workers at other plants within the company’s North American manufacturing system.

“We are making production adjustments at three of our propulsion operations due to a labor dispute in Canada,” a GM spokeswoman said.

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In addition to the engine plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, a plant in Flint, Michigan, and a transmission plant in St. Catharines, Ontario, are planning some short-term layoffs, she said.  (more…)