About 100 workers at supplier Inteva Products in Whitby, Ont., walked off the job at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday in protest of GM's decision to close its Oshawa assembly plant. Unifor President Jerry Dias promises protests and events "day in, day out" until GM reverses its decision to close the Oshawa plant.
Canada’s economic development minister Navdeep Bains has not ruled out offering General Motors financial support in an effort to keep the automaker's Oshawa, Ont., factory operating. Monday, he met with GM CEO Mary Barra, but the automaker did not reverse course.
Unifor members stopped production at GM's Oshawa, Ont., assembly plant for about 90 minutes this morning before ending a second round of sit-down protests. GM says the union should work with the company on timing and transition plans for the approximately 3,000 workers who are losing their jobs.
"Pain is obviously building," Linamar says about the current steel tariffs, while Martinrea says Canada should take the first step by removing retaliatory measures to the U.S. tariffs. Meanwhile, the Canadian government says the duties contradict the new North American trade deal.
Unifor is airing radio ads in the Toronto market focused on the future of the Oshawa assembly plant. The union has commercials lined up in other Canadian cities throughout the week. If a meeting with GM executives doesn't go well Thursday, Unifor plans to run ads in the U.S., too.