Trump says he was 'very tough' on GM's Barra over plant closures

In all, about 6,300 workers will be laid off.

"This is a warning and we all must be concerned about protecting jobs and keeping them in this country".

The province has also asked for EI to be extended an additional five weeks - from 45 to 50 weeks. I will continue doing everything I can to help the Lordstown workers during this transition.

The Monday closure of GM's plant in Oshawa, Ontario, was confirmed late Sunday by an official familiar with the decision.

The moves are meant to shift resources to investing in electric and autonomous vehicles and to prepare for a downturn in the auto market, the automaker said. "And he said, 'The ship has already left the dock'".

"The writing has been on the wall for quite some time so it was a matter of when not whether they would make this move", he said in an email.

Altogether, GM has five vehicle factories with plenty of unused capacity in Kansas City, Kansas; Lordstown; and Detroit-Hamtramck, Lansing, and Orion Township, Michigan.

Trudeau said he spoke the CEO of GM, Mary Barra, to express his "deep disappointment" with the closure. Personally, I'm very, very hurt by this. I care deeply about working families hearing this news right now.

In October, almost 65% of new vehicles sold in America were trucks or SUVs.

"General Motors decision today to stop production at the Lordstown, Ohio, and Hamtramck, Michigan, assembly plants will idle thousands of workers, and will not go unchallenged by the UAW", Terry Dittes, UAW Vice President in charge of negotiations with GM, said.

Workers said they were creating a blockade, stopping trucks carrying supplies from entering the plant.

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Hernandez declined to elaborate on the GM closures other than to say there would be no major changes in Arlington.

An auto worker inspects finished SUVs at General Motors' Arlington plant. GM had been expected to close plants because of struggling sales.

Production at the plant began on November 7, 1953, and in the 1980s the plant employed roughly 23,000 people. "I'm curious to know the reasons, I'm curious to know why we weren't informed or who has been informed".

The 2,600 hourly jobs that will be lost represent about 4 per cent of all non-parts auto manufacturing jobs in Canada. "There's a lot of pieces to this story".

One of Oshawa's MPs, Jennifer French called the report "gravely concerning" and urged the provincial government to fight to save the over 100-year-old plant. The junior hockey team, where Bobby Orr once played, is called the Oshawa Generals, and they played at the GM arena until it was renamed in 2016.

GM now builds just one vehicle in China that it exports to the United States - the Buick Envision.

It now employs approximately 2,800 people and assembles Chevrolet and GMC pickups as well as Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS sedans.

The Canadian and Ontario governments joined the United States in supporting GM with billions of dollars in aid after the automaker filed for bankruptcy protection during the severe 2009 global economic downturn. The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will also be dropped along with the Chevy Cruze compact (which is sold as the Holden Astra sedan here and built in Korea), which will be made in Mexico for other markets.

Transmission plants at Warren, Michigan, and in Baltimore are also affected; as is the Oshawa plant in Ontario in Canada which will stop making the Impala, Cadillac XTS and 2018 full-size pickups.

Unifor has also issued a statement calling on GM to find a new product to allocate in Oshawa.

  • Darren Santiago