GM announces $170M investment in Oshawa plant that will save 300 jobs

General Motors Canada says it will invest $170 million in its Oshawa, Ont., plant to transition the facility from manufacturing vehicles to stamping, sub-assembly and autonomous vehicle testing.

GM Canada president Travis Hester says the move will save 300 of 2,600 union jobs at the plant.

Hester made the announcement this morning in Toronto alongside Unifor national president Jerry Dias at a news conference. He said the transformed plant will have the potential to grow and attract more jobs as the facility attracts new customers.

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Unifor members stage friendly rally in front of local retirement home

Unifor, the union representing workers at several Chartwell Retirement Residences, held what they called a ‘friendly rally’ in front of the Chartwell Montgomery Village Retirement Residence in Orangeville on Monday, March 4, to bring awareness to what they consider unfairly low wages paid to employees at the retirement residence and several other facilities owned by the company.

“Caregivers are vital in providing a safe and enjoyable living environment for seniors in retirement homes,” said Katha Fortier, assistant to the Unifor national president. “Chartwell’s track record of paying workers poverty wages makes it difficult for workers and residents to receive the adequate care they deserve and pay for.”

Several union members gathered at the entrance to the Montgomery Village Residence on Riddell Road waving flags and holding up posters, but did not disrupt any traffic entering or leaving the property.

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