GM, Unifor to make joint announcement about Oshawa, Ont., plant

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GM, Unifor to make joint announcement about Oshawa, Ont., plant

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The heads of Unifor and General Motors Canada are set to make an announcement this morning regarding operations at the plant in Oshawa, Ont.

A statement from the union’s Local 222 says national president Jerry Dias and Travis Hester, GM Canada’s president and managing director, will hold a news conference in Toronto starting at 11 a.m. ET.

The statement offers few other details, other than the announcement will concern “operations in Oshawa.”

However, a memo sent to union members and obtained by The Canadian Press says the two sides have managed to resolve a grievance filed by the union. According to the memo, that resolution includes GM increasing severance packages and making a $125-million investment in Oshawa.

GM announced last November it would cease production at the plant by the end of 2019, affecting about 2,600 workers.

In March, Unifor suspended a media campaign against GM amid what the union called productive talks with the automaker on the future of the plant.

The union said the company had been clear it wouldn’t extend vehicle manufacturing in Oshawa beyond the end of the year, but acknowledged there is potential to transform operations to maintain some jobs.

This story originally appeared on CBC

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