Oshawa City Council to Join in Lobbying for New Product at GM

June 19, 2012, 12:15 PM EST

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Oshawa City Council has unanimously approved a motion that calls on city officials to work with the CAW to lobby governments in the push for sufficient product at General Motors' Oshawa plant to maintain or increase employment levels in the community.

The motion was approved at a meeting June 11 after CAW Local 222 President Chris Buckley and Local 222 First Vice President Ron Svajlenko spoke to councillors about GM's recent announcement it would be closing the consolidated car line by June 1, 2013.

Buckley said when the federal and provincial governments bought into GM in 2009 they received agreement that 16 to 17 per cent of vehicles built by GM would be built in Canada.

With GM's CAMI plant in Ingersoll producing the popular Equinox and Terrain models the company is meeting the Canadian footprint. However Buckley said GM must remember that taxpayers helped support GM at a crucial time.

He said with the closure of the consolidated line, GM Oshawa will be down to 2,000 workers in 2013 from 23,000 thirty years ago.

Councillor Nancy Diamond said the motion is about urging the provincial and federal governments to flex their muscle and use their shareholder position. Diamond, who put the motion forward, said it isn't about a further loan, according to a durhamregion.com news story.

Durham Regional Council has also approved the resolution.

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