[Marxism] Union blockades GM headquarters in Oshawa

Pance Stojkovski pance at rogers.com
Wed Jun 4 05:32:34 MDT 2008

Union blockades GM headquarters in Oshawa

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 | 6:50 AM ET

Union members set up a blockade outside General Motors Canadian headquarters
on Wednesday, a day after the auto maker announced it was halting production
at four factories across North America.

Between 20 and 30 trucks have blocked the entrance to GM's corporate
headquarters, Canadian Auto Workers local 222 president Chris Buckley told

He said union members are demanding a meeting with GM executives, and an
explanation of the company's decision to close the pickup truck plant in
Oshawa, Ont.

GM made the announcement Tuesday, axing as many as 2,600 jobs in the
process. The Oshawa plant, which produces the Chevrolet Silverado and the
GMC Sierra, is expected to close in 2009, GM CEO Rick Wagoner said during a
news conference in Wilmington, Del., prior to the company's annual meeting.

The CAW has promised an all-out fight against what it called an "illegal"
betrayal. In May, the CAW reached an agreement with GM to postpone a
900-worker layoff at the Oshawa truck plant until September 2009.

Three other GM plants that assemble pickups or sport utility vehicles are
also scheduled to be closed - in Janesville, Wis., Moraine, Ohio, and
Toluca, Mexico. The company does not plan to allocate any new products to
the four plants slated for closing.


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