GM's tentative three-year deal with the Unifor union, which has not yet been approved by workers, would reopen the Oshawa assembly line to make Chevrolet Silverados and Sierras, 11 months after it was idled as part of a global restructuring plan by the automaker.
The company says the deal will bring $ 1 billion to $ 1.3 billion in new investment into Oshawa, with an expected employment of 1,400 to 1,700 workers an hour. A ratification vote will happen on Sunday.
The union says the deal could mean up to 2,000 new jobs when assembly begins in January 2022, with a second shift added in March.
GM will begin calling its 175 laid-off Oshawa workers back to the plant and hiring new, in August 2021.
The deal announced Thursday did not include commitments from the federal and provincial governments, however GM said it plans to continue discussions with both and Dias said that they have both been actively engaged with the industry.
For Dias, the most important part of that deal was the integrity of the plant was maintained, which means the ability was still in place to manufacture.
The tentative deal with General Motors is the last agreement reached by the union with the major USA automakers.
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"We never gave up hope, and frankly, neither did General Motors".
"By July of 2022, there is a strong possibility that a third shift will be introduced into the Oshawa assembly plant", he adds. The union has already negotiated new labor agreements with Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.
"Oshawa is so glad to know that our story of manufacturing and vehicle production could be getting a next chapter", she says.
The last time GM Canada's Oshawa plant was making vehicles, it was producing 2019 full-size trucks to keep dealers stocked.
Matt Hough, GM Canada general director, human resources and labour relations (right) and Unifor president Jerry Dias (left) officially open up 2020 contract negotiations.
The Detroit automaker did not immediately provide a statement on the agreement.