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UAW Strike Idles GM’s Oshawa Plant in Canada

General Motors Co. is suspending all assembly operations at its factory in Oshawa, Ontario, today because of the United Auto Workers union’s nationwide strike in the U.S.
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General Motors Co. is suspending all assembly operations at its factory in Oshawa, Ontario, today because of the United Auto Workers union’s nationwide strike in the U.S.

The plant normally completes assembly of fullsize Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks supplied by U.S. factories. Oshawa also makes the Cadillac XTS and Chevy Impala large sedans.

GM’s two best-selling vehicles in Canada are the Silverado and Sierra pickups.

Canada’s Unifor union, which represents hourly workers at the factory, tells Automotive News Canada that idling the facility will affect 2,600 GM workers and another 1,700 Unifor members employed by nearby suppliers.

GM says operations at its CAMI and St. Catharines plants in Canada have not yet been affected by the UAW strike. But Automotive News notes that U.S. output of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles for the Canadian market has been suspended.

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