Auto workers walk off the job to save GM's Oshawa, Canada plant

The General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa Ontario Canada

The General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa Ontario Canada

Unionized workers at a Lear Corp seat plant in Whitby, Ontario, that supplies General Motors' Oshawa vehicle and truck assembly operation have walked off the job, the Unifor union said on Friday.

The strike at Lear, which has 350 unionized workers, is the latest measure in a Unifor campaign aimed at convincing GM to extend Oshawa production to September 2020, when the current contract expires. He said that the union will later determine whether to resume the job action.

The union says employees at the Lear Corp. operation, which supplies seats to the GM Oshawa plant, started demonstrating early Friday morning. Under a broad restructuring announced in November, GM said Oshawa will close by end-2019. About 2,600 members are employed at the Oshawa plant, where GM has had a presence in the city for over 100 years.

"We do have a bit of a bank at the plant". "That could change over the hours to come".

With GM's just-in-time delivery protocol, production of Buick Regal, Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS models at the Oshawa plant could quickly be interrupted. Approximately 450 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado trucks are produced daily, over two shifts, Wright said. The employees at Lear face probable job losses in the Oshawa plant's closure.

"The message that we're sending is that it's not just about General Motors' workers".

This week, GM reported a market-beating quarterly profit, lifted by high-margin trucks and cost cutting. "We demand that government act to protect these workers who stand to lose everything, and work with Unifor and GM to find a solution for the Oshawa Assembly Plant".