Unifor Local 27 Retirees Chapter

Retired from the job, but not the fight

GM Oshawa Closure Updates

Posted on December 21, 2018

The following PDF files cover the original Oshawa closure announcement, follow up announcements and any responses from Unifor or other pertinent sources.

All information is taken from either G.M. or Unifor releases, we cannot take responsibility for the accuracy of the articles.

We will also include some Web links and News coverage that might be of interest at the bottom of the page.



Original GM Release:

On November 28th General Motors announced that they would cease operations in Oshawa and two U.S. plants by the end of 2019.

GM Accelerated Transformation Announcement


GM Canada Transition Update: FAQ as of Nov. 26th:

Fact sheet taken from the "GM Transformation Site" covering many questions about the propose plant closing


Unifor Response:

As a result of this announcement, The Unifor National has begun a program to try to reverse the decision to close the Oshawa plant.

Barb Dolan, Director of Retired Workers, sent this resolution out to several contacts, including our Recording Secretary Peter Kearney.

The executive asked for and received permission to share this document with the Retirees' Chapter membership.

GM Emergency Resolution - Unifor Ontario Regional Council 2018


On December 14th GM sent out the following update clarifying their transition plans:

General Motors Canada Provides Update on Job Opportunities for Oshawa Assembly Workers


GM Canada Transition Update: FAQ as of Dec. 20th:

Fact sheet taken from the "GM Transformation Site" covering many questions about the propose plant closing


On December the 21st GM sent out the following update further clarifying the steps they plan to take for the retraining and repositioning of their hourly employees into other jobs or businesses:

An Important Message: The Facts Around GM’s Transformation and Commitment to Canada


News Articles & Links:

G.M. Transformation Web Page

Dec. 13th - GM to respond to Unifor proposals to save Oshawa auto plant by Jan. 7


Update: January 7th

Windsor Star: Unifor expects GM announcement Monday on Oshawa plant future.

After speaking with General Motors officials on Friday, Unifor national president Jerry Dias said he anticipates hearing Monday whether the company has changed its recently announced plans to walk away from Oshawa after a century of vehicle manufacturing in the Ontario city.

Read the Article Here


Update: January 8th

Unifor has started up a "Save Oshawa Web Site"

Please take time to visit the site, view the video and sign the petition.

Visit the Site Here


2nd Update: January 8th

GM Letter to Unifor National President Jerry Dias

GM released it's response to Unifors' suggestions to save the plant.

Read the PDF Here


Petition Update: January 11th

Change.org Campaign Update.

Today, GM hosted an investor event to pitch its future corporate direction.

This direction includes their plan to shut down GM Oshawa,

Read the PDF Here


Update: January 15th

GM reaffirms Oshawa closure after meetings with Ontario and federal officials

TORONTO -- Ontario and federal politicians have walked away empty-handed from meetings with General Motors about the company's plans to close the Oshawa Assembly Plant.

View the Article Here


Media Releases


CTV News: GM closing all operations in Oshawa, Ont.

National Post: GM to close Oshawa plant, leaving 2,800 people out of work

Global News: Union responds to GM plan to close Oshawa plant

CBC: Ford says Ontario can't do anything to stop GM from shutting down Oshawa plant

Automotive News: Canadian union chief Dias vows fight with GM