There is every reason to believe that Dias and Unifor have agreed, in their contract with GM, to further concessions on the work rules they keep secret from workers. In the name of opening up threatened facilities and guaranteeing new investments, the union has repeatedly entered into specific “incidental agreements”. It also means that ingersoll`s GM Cami plant, which began as a joint venture with Suzuki, can remain outside the model agreement until today. Unifor had argued that the terms of the collective agreement with GM required the automaker to keep the plant in service until September 2020. However, GM stated that the collective agreement allowed it to modify its production in the event of significant disruptions to the automotive market. Of course, the result of GM`s outsourcing strategy is that the suppliers received nothing from GM. Unifor represented almost all of these workers, but only negotiated for them after reaching an agreement with GM. Most of them ended in minimum severance pay; most did not have pensions in their contracts. TORONTO — Unifor is in connection with General Motors` decision to set up its assembly plant in Oshawa, said. to enter into closure contracts with four automotive and service companies. Dias highlighted a new investment agreement between the union and the huge automaker, which is spending $1.3 billion to produce light and heavy truck assembly at the recently closed Oshawa assembly plant. Chevrolet Silverado and Sierra Pickups are produced to satisfy the high heel gMs of these vehicles across the continent.
As a result of the investment, 1,700 Oshawa assembly jobs are expected to be phased in over 2022. “We never gave up hope,” Dias said, recalling GM`s announcement in November 2018, when the automaker announced the plant`s closure as part of a major restructuring that also led to the closure of GM`s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The surprising announcement came Thursday at a press conference to discuss the preliminary agreement reached by Unifor, Canada`s auto workers` union, with GM. The message means that about 2,000 workers, and perhaps up to 2,500, if a third layer is added, would work in the coming years at the plant that GM had previously decided to “equip”. This is the magic with which GM can now start with a workforce that will be 90 per cent low-wage 2nd and 3rd tier workers, with no defined benefit pensions, no lower benefits and no job security. GM will also benefit from massive savings in the local supply chain, as almost all subcontractors have been laid off and their union collective agreements have disappeared.