CAW Oshawa Wins Camaro Program and Flex Manufacturing

August 22, 2006


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CAW Oshawa Wins Camaro Program and Flex Manufacturing
dated August 22, 2006


Arturo Elias
Pres. G.M. Canada

       "I am thrilled to stand here before you and to announce that the Oshawa Car Plant has been selected as the plant to manufacture GM's most celebrated new vehicle, the Chevrolet Camaro."


Oshawa, Ontario
August 21, 2006

       In making the announcement in Oshawa Monday August 21st, General Motors of Canada President, Arturo Elias, said $740 million dollars will be spent in Oshawa to turn the plant into a flex manufacturing facility. He credited the thousands of Canadian Auto Workers union members in Oshawa for bringing the Camaro program to Canada.

Arturo Elias
Pres. G.M. Canada


       "I want to say a special thanks to our CAW union partners. They worked very hard to improve our competitive cost position to get this program. I also want to recognize the members of Oshawa Local 222 for ratifying the agreement last year that resulted in improving the plant's productivity and competitive position and allowed us to put together a very important business case to bring this car to Oshawa."

       CAW national president Buzz Hargrove spoke directly to the CAW members about their role in securing their future.



Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We made the argument, and you made it easy for us, that the workers in Oshawa had earned the right to a new commitment from General Motors regardless of the situation they faced in the country and around the world, because of their commitment to quality and productivity. And boy I couldn't have imagined that not only would we have the new Camaro scheduled for here but a commitment of $740 million to flexible manufacturing which ensures the long term future of this complex, for the people in it and your kids to come will have jobs. What a wonderful day to be here."

       While celebrating the good news, Hargrove had a warning for the federal government that the current unfair trade practices from off shore producers threatens the future of the auto industry.



Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We have to demand of our federal government, that they take the initiative. And I say to Jim Flaherty, I've been trying to get a meeting with Mr. Harper to talk to him about this issue and some others; that the federal government has to take the lead. There is nothing magical about saying we want "fair trade". If you buy a vehicle from us, you can sell us one. But if you don't buy vehicles from us, then our market should be closed to your vehicles."

       Chris Buckley, CAW Local 222 president told his members that their decision to ratify new competitive work rules in March will bring even more work to the Oshawa plant.



Chris Buckley
Pres. CAW Local 222

       "I'm positive this will be the first of many new vehicles to be put in the City of Oshawa and every one of you here today and those of you who aren't should be congratulated because you did the responsible thing. You understood where our auto industry was headed."

       Work on converting the Oshawa plant will commence immediately with the first Camaro scheduled to roll off the line in 2008.

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