TORONTO —Unifor has signed closure agreements at four autoparts and service companies in connection with the decision by General Motors to close its Oshawa, Ont., assembly plant.
The union says the deals with Inteva Products, Lear Corp. Whitby, Auto Warehousing Canada and Robinson Solutions provide for improved severance packages for employees compared with the legislated minimum requirements.
“In the end, we successfully negotiated double the Employment Standards Act (ESA) minimum severance from the…employers,” Colin James, Unifor Local 222 president, said in a statement.
"They deserved more than legislative minimum severance, and Unifor was successful in negotiating enhanced packages for our members,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said in the same statement.
It says they are the last of 11 it has negotiated at companies that will be hurt by the end of vehicle assembly at GM Oshawa.
The 11 agreements cover more than 1,200 workers represented by Unifor in the independent auto parts sector.
In November 2018, General Motors announced it would not allocate any product to its Oshawa plan past December 2019.
The automaker has agreed to convert the operation to a part-stamping and autonomous vehicle testing facility in a move that will save about 300 of the 2,600 union jobs at the plant.