Vehicle manufacturing giant General Motors (GM) Canada says it is ready to bring back production of pickup trucks to its assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, if workers there ratify the tentative labour deal reached by the company with Unifor trade union after long negotiations.
Up to 1,700 hourly workers will be hired. Investment in a new production line will begin immediately after ratification, expected Sunday, Dias said.
The parts distribution plant in Woodstock will be modernized with a $500-million investment, stabilizing production at the plant. The plan would see the company invest up to $1.3 billion in the plant and hiring between 1,400 to 1,700 new workers at the facility.
If fulfilled, the plan is immensely important to the Ontario economy which has relied on the auto industry especially in Oshawa for more than a century.
At the Windsor Assembly Plant, where the third shift was eliminated this summer, the contract will create 2,000 jobs.
The tentative deal with General Motors is the last agreement reached by the union with the major US automakers. "This breathes new hope into the Oshawa Assembly Plant and the workers that were forced to leave that line last winter".
"The fact is we simply can't build enough", she said, "and because we expect demand to remain strong we must increase capacity".
Dias said the company and union agreed in May 2019 to "pause" the production at the plant, rather than permanently halt the facilities.
Barra said the facilities are now operating at full capacity on three shifts "building every vehicle possible".
"These are General Motors' best selling vehicles", says Dias.
GM was the final automaker to go through the pattern bargaining process, following Ford and Fiat Chrysler. GM said past year the plant would become a part-stamping and autonomous vehicle testing facility.