Autoworkers rally at Oshawa GM headquarters to protest assembly plant closure

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.”

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On Friday, January 11, 2019, GM will host an investor event to pitch its future corporate direction.

This direction includes their plan to shut down GM Oshawa, affecting thousands of Unifor members and workers in Canada. GM’s big plan to line the pockets of investors also includes ramping up production in Mexico, exploiting low-paid workers there.

This is the wrong direction for the company. Unifor members need their communities behind them to say that the Oshawa Assembly Plant must stay open.

Will you rally with us?

R.S.V.P. and show up to tell GM that you are united beside Canadian autoworkers.

If GM wants to sell in Canada, it needs to build here!

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Jerry Dias, Unifor National President
  • Colin James, President, Unifor Local 222 (Oshawa)
  • Greg Moffatt, Plant Chair, Unifor Local 222 (Oshawa)
  • Additional guest speakers


Busses are being organized from the cities listed below, but space is limited and members are encouraged to carpool. Additional busses may be added.

All buses will arrive in Windsor at 10:30 a.m. then will depart Dieppe Gardens at 1:00 p.m.

Oshawa: Unifor 222 Hall, 1425 Phillip Murray Ave, Oshawa, ON L1J 8L4

Bus leaving at 6:00 a.m. sharp.

Brampton: Unifor Local 1285, 23 Regan Rd #1, Brampton, ON L7A 1B2

Bus leaving at 7:00 a.m. sharp.

St CatharinesUnifor Local 199 Hall: 124 Bunting Rd, St. Catharines, ON L2P 3G5

Bus leaving at 6:30 a.m. sharp.

KitchenerUnifor Halls: 600 Wabanaki Dr, Kitchener, ON N2C 1J1

Bus leaving at 7:30 a.m. sharp.

London: Unifor National Office: 140 Pine Valley Blvd, London, ON N6K 3X3

Bus leaving at 8:30 a.m. sharp.

Unifor Local 1285 stands in solidarity with all the workers at the Oshawa GM plant
International Human Rights Day

This year marks the 70th anniversary that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Human Rights Day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that states that human rights are not the preserve of any one nation, race, or gender but that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Unifor is committed to advocating, defending and furthering human rights for all. The union’s social justice fund is one of many ways in which Unifor provides solidarity to defenders of human rights. The union’s social justice fund engages in this vital work in Canada and across the globe. The fund promotes and supports the role of trade unions and workers groups in their efforts to strengthen democracy, promote equitable development, and contribute to poverty reduction, social justice and education reform.

The union’s Human Rights Department has been actively promoting human rights campaigns in workplaces, the local unions and communities. Most recently, Unifor conducted an equity audit over nine months during 2016 and 2017 and included semi-structured interviews with 470 local unions across the country, and asked questions about the diversity of local membership, the executive committee, stewards, and bargaining committees.

While the union is aware that representation gaps exist, the purpose of the audit was to understand the specific barriers better to overcome our collective challenges. The union is currently implementing the recommendations made from the national equity audit report. Members are encouraged to read the full equity audit report and learn more about Unifor’s findings and action plan.

Attaining human rights for all will not come easy. But if we actively incorporate promoting human rights in our daily lives, it can be attainable. Members can become active human rights defenders by:

  1. Ensure your local union participates in Unifor Human Rights training.
  2. On December 10, use Unifor’s social media shareable to highlight the union’s human rights work.
  3. Read the full Unifor equity audit report and promote the report to your members.

International Human Rights Day is a reminder that inequity, intolerance, discrimination, exclusion, and hatred threaten us all. It is a reminder of our shared humanity and of the necessity of standing up not just for ourselves, but for those most in need. Wherever they are challenged, it is our responsibility to offer a collective response.

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