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GM calls 1,200 back to work in Oshawa

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GM calls 1,200 back to work in Oshawa


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General Motors' plans to add shifts to its Oshawa operations means all laid-off CAW workers in that city will be back on the job by the end of the year, Chris Buckley, president of CAW Local 222, said Wednesday.

In fact, the automaker may have to hire between 200 and 300 additional employees for the production boost, said Buckley.

"Just over a year ago, none of us knew if we were going to survive," said Buckley. "We didn't know if we were going to have jobs, we didn't know if we were going to have pensions and benefits. We were forced to negotiate three times in 12 months and the union made some very difficult decisions and concessions.

"But they were the right decisions to make because, obviously, General Motors has maintained its Canadian footprint; General Motors' turnaround plan is beginning to take root."

The local's 1,200 members on layoff are to be recalled following the addition of a third shift in October at the Chevy Impala plant.

The following month, that plant also will build the excess volume of the Chevy Equinox, which is currently assembled on three shifts at GM's CAMI operation in Ingersoll.

Also in November, Oshawa will build the next generation of the Buick Regal on a second shift that will be added to the flex plant that currently assembles the Camaro.

GM spokesman Tony LaRocca would not confirm additional hiring plans. "We're not making any predictions right now of additional new hiring requirements, but we would anticipate by year's end to at least be in a position whereby all laid-off production employees in Oshawa will be recalled back to the line."

GM's Oshawa headquarters employs about 3,200 employees, including approximately 2,850 hourly workers.



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