The union representing General Motors workers in Oshawa, Ont., is urging Canadians to boycott purchasing vehicles made in Mexico.
“It is an announcement that we have done everything possible to avoid making,” Unifor national president Jerry Dias said during a news conference in Toronto Friday morning.
“We are announcing we are launching a major campaign urging Canadians and American consumers not to buy GM vehicles that are shipping from Mexico. This is over 600,000 vehicles a year that are shipping from Mexico to Canada and the United States.”
Sisters and brothers,
This morning, members of our union began a direct action at General Motors Headquarters in Oshawa, Ontario. We are sending a clear message with this action – General Motors must reverse its decision to close the Oshawa Assembly Plant.
To members in the region, I invite you to join us. The ongoing event is being held at 1908 Colonel Sam Dr, Oshawa, ON L1H 8P7. Please reach out to Nena Bogdanovich, National Representative to arrange to join the action at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to attend, there are more ways to participate and show your solidarity.
Start by sending a message to CEO Mary Barra and General Motors. Tell GM that to sell here, they must build here.
Then, tune in today at 2:15 p.m. ET, for an update from our rally in Oshawa. This will be livestreamed on Unifor’s Facebook Page.
Our union is a bold, unapologetic force when it comes to defending workers’ rights. We will not allow GM to trample on this community, and leave disaster in the wake of the company’s greedy decision.
I am taking action to Save Oshawa GM. I hope to see you in Oshawa, or see your support online.
For more information on the #SaveOshawaGM campaign visit SaveOshawaGM.ca.
Autoworkers are rallying outside General Motors Canada headquarters in Oshawa on Wednesday to protest the impending assembly plant closure.
“Workers in Canada will not forgive GM if it continues with the plan to close the Oshawa Assembly Plant and decimate the wider community,” Jerry Dias, Unifor national president, said in a media release.
“For more than 100 years this Oshawa has built and supported General Motors. Today’s actions by Unifor members send the message that GM must reverse the decision to close the plant.”