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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:34 PM

Candanian Auto Wrks Pres Lewenza ‘Shocked’ GM Moves Chevy Camaro Production From Oshawa To Michigan

Source: StarPhoenix

The Canadian Auto Workers says a decision by General Motors to move production of its next-generation Camaro from Oshawa, Ont., to Michigan could potentially lead to the loss of thousands of jobs from the assembly plant and its suppliers.

Ken Lewenza, CAW president, said there was no earlier indication the Camaro work was at risk in Canada and he only was notified of the decision Wednesday morning as GM made its announcement.

“I’m still shocked,” he said during a press conference in Oshawa, where he urged the federal and provincial government to pressure GM to reverse its decision.

It’s too early to accurately predict what any employment impact would be, and so, at this stage we can’t give any speculative answers

General Motors of Canada Ltd. said it will shift assembly of the Camaro to its Lansing Green River plant in Michigan when the life cycle of the current model ends as part of an effort to consolidate its rear-wheel drive vehicle production alongside the Cadillac ATS and CTS.


Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/fp/build+Chevrolet+Camaro+Oshawa/7721817/story.html

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MightyMopar Dec 2012 #1
Leopolds Ghost Dec 2012 #2
progressoid Dec 2012 #3
and-justice-for-all Dec 2012 #4
Purveyor Dec 2012 #5
amandabeech Dec 2012 #6

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:35 PM

1. The Cadilla ATS is a truly great car, a real German car destroyer

 

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:21 AM

2. Is GM claiming this has anything to do with right-to-work?

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Response to Leopolds Ghost (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:35 AM

3. Well, I doubt they are doing it for love of country.

It usually comes down to $$$.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:55 PM

4. Is it not a good thing that they are bringing the jobs back to the states?

Is there no UAW left in Michigan?

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Response to and-justice-for-all (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:33 PM

5. It is a wonderful thing, indeed. I don't see many that work for GM opting out of their union.

Right or wrong, life would be quite 'unpleasant' working on the shop floor for the 'freeloaders'.

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:51 PM

6. I wouldn't work in a UAW plant and refuse to join.

I agree, wouldn't be pleasant.

--niece of former UAW GM worker.

On Edit: I don't see too many UAW shops throwing out the union. There may be non-union shops opening well outside the Detroit area, though, where pro-union sentiment isn't as strong.

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