"The auto industry's been a big part of the province of Ontario for over 100 years", Henry said. The news will affect about 3,000 hourly and salaried workers, more than a third of GM's workforce in Canada.
The shift by U.S. consumer preferences have been away from passenger cars to larger, more comfortable SUVs and pick-up trucks has been swift and severe, leaving automakers scrambling to readjust. While the company is entitled to make its own business decisions, I am confident that history will prove them wrong. "My office stands ready to do everything we can to help these workers".
Ontario called on the federal government Monday to extend employment-insurance eligibility by five weeks to a maximum of 50 weeks for workers affected by the closing.
"Representative Holmes said the State Government reached out to GM about what they can do to help them bring a new vehicle to Lordstown, and will continue talks for a new product line to come to Lordstown".
The Oshawa's General Motors vehicle assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., Monday Nov 26, 2018. The Cruze compact vehicle will be discontinued in the US market in 2019. Basically the ship has already left the dock. The move effectively ends decades of GM's position as the country's largest automaker and ends 90 years of truck manufacturing in Canada for GM.
"Today is a hard day for the workers at the General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant".
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement hasn't been made public.
First, for those who work in the auto industry, I want you to know that today's news has nothing to do with the quality of the work you do. The 2,800-worker facility builds pickup trucks and sedans.
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Dozens of workers walked out of the Oshawa Assembly Plant on Monday morning, with some saying they were very unhappy with news of the planned closure.
The decision is "devastating" for workers at the plant and auto suppliers, but Oshawa has adapted over the years and will survive this as well, DesRosiers added.
"The only way to make our point is to stop production", said April, a GM employee.
At a rally near Lordstown, Ohio, plant last summer, Trump told people not to sell their homes because the jobs are "coming back".
GM also said it will close two plants outside North America by the end of 2019. In the short term, I urged GM to at least reallocate some of the production and employees to the Toledo GM plant.
"While this may be a market necessity, I am concerned about the brain drain: a loss of valuable legacy knowledge and experience as long-term GM employees are let go", said Rebecca Lindland, executive analyst at Kelley Blue Book. "There's a lot of pieces to this story".
The automotive giant will be slashing 14,700 jobs, many of them in MI and Ohio-and a plant closing is expected in Ontario, Canada as well.
Workers in the Unifor trade union walked out of the Oshawa plant "in protest", ahead of a meeting with GM about the announcement, a union spokeswoman said.
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"GM didn't build #Oshawa".
Ford later added: "We're disappointed in GM".
Governor-elect Mike DeWine noted the importance of the plant and is planning to personally speak with GM on the issue.
GM receives a $60-billion bailout package from Canadian, Ontario and US governments.
He said the decision to halt sales of the Chevrolet Cruze had "nothing to do with tariffs" but was because of poor sales.
US President Donald Trump demanded General Motors add a new product to replace a plant in OH that the company said it planned to close next year due to lagging small-car demand. Also affected are transmission factories in Warren, Mich., as well as Baltimore.
GM doesn't foresee an economic downturn and is making the cuts "to get in front of it while the company is strong and while the economy is strong," Barra told reporters.
Bobbi Marsh, who has worked assembling the Chevrolet Cruze compact vehicle at the OH plant since 2008, said she can't understand why the factory might close given the strong economy.
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GM said the moves will save $6 billion in cash by the end of next year, including $4.5 billion in recurring annual cost reductions and a $1.5 billion reduction in capital spending.