Factories that don't have any products after next year and could be closed include assembly plants in Detroit and Oshawa, Ontario, and Lordstown, Ohio, as well as transmission plants in Warren, Michigan, and near Baltimore. Everyone would return to work on Tuesday, the union said.
"While the union does not have complete details of the overall announcement we have been informed that, as of now, there is no product allocated to the Oshawa Assembly Plant past December 2019", the statement reads. Dias said to cheers from union members.
A source familiar with the situation has told The Canadian Press that General Motors Canada will shutter the plant as part of a shift in global production that will also affect operations in other countries.
"We are sick and exhausted of being pushed around".
"We are on the verge of the worst economic catastrophe to hit Ontario since the Great Recession a decade ago", Fraser said.
General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its auto models and restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.
"This industry is changing very rapidly, when you look at all of the transformative technologies, be it propulsion, autonomous driving". GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra is trying to make the company leaner as US auto demand slides from a record in 2016 and sales in China - GM's other profit center - are also in a slump.
The President, speaking to reporters on his way to a pair of campaign stops in MS, said he spoke with GM CEO Mary Barra about the closures, which will also hit a fifth North American plant in Canada.
GM said the moves will save $6 billion in cash by the end of next year, including $4.5 billion in recurring annual cost reductions and a $1.5 billion reduction in capital spending. Shares in the company rallied 7.6 percent to $38.66.
General Motors is closing five production plants in the USA and Canada, but it looks like the company's Arlington plant is still going at full speed.
"Oshawa Assembly is GM's most decorated plant with a highly skilled, committed workforce. It's a kick in the nuts".
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GM said it has no plans to make automobiles at three factories in Oshawa, Ont., Detroit and Warren, Ohio, as well as parts plants in Maryland and MI. They could get new vehicles to build or close altogether.
GM is also closing the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in Detroit and the Lordstown Assembly in Warren, Ohio in 2019.
"The closure of this plant will have a ripple effect like we have never seen before". Last month, GM rival Ford Motor.
Donald Trump said he had told the company's boss he is unhappy about the move - which runs counter to the USA economy's strong job growth. Another two will close outside North America.
Trump has renegotiated the old NAFTA free trade deal with Canada and Mexico specifically to favor the United States auto industry, as well as entering into a trade war with China. The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will also be dropped along with the Chevy Cruze compact, which will be made in Mexico for other markets.
About 18,000 of its 50,000 salaried employees in North America have been eligible for the buyouts.
"Typically the smaller companies may not have enough work for a 40 hour week, so they have two choices - either lay the employee off or they cut their hours down, for example, down to 20 hours", Ford explained.
The company expects to take a pretax charge of $3 billion to $3.8 billion due to the actions, including up to $1.8 billion of asset write downs and pension charges.
Ford laid out a number of requests for the federal government - including enhanced EI in Durham Region - in a phone conversation with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday morning to discuss the GM closure in Oshawa.
"They're gone. They're done", he said of GM. "The ship has already left the dock", he said.
"Everything is up in the air", she said.