GM will also decrease its executive staff by 25% as well.
"I have seen the same reports as many in my riding, which claim GM may be closing their operations in Oshawa, and I find these reports gravely concerning", Oshawa NDP MPP Jennifer French told Global News, which said it could confirm the CTV report.
"I had an opportunity to speak to the Prime Minister this morning".
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said it was a "difficult day" for the Oshawa plant workers, Ontario auto part suppliers and their families.
"Typically the smaller companies may not have enough work for a 40 hour week, so they have two choices - either lay the employee off or they cut their hours down, for example, down to 20 hours", Ford explained.
Ford says the province has called on the federal government to extend employment insurance eligibility by five weeks to a maximum of 50 weeks.
But carmaking in Oshawa stretches back to 1909, when the McLaughlin carriage company began making Buick cars, eventually combining with Chevrolet when General Motors was formed.
GM has recently invested in newer, highly efficient vehicle architectures and will prioritize future vehicle investments in its next-generation battery-electric architectures.
"The truck production they brought here, they weren't really sure it was going to work and we got it up and running faster than any other changeover ever, and at a really high quality off the bat", he says.
Unifor says it a "does not accept this announcement, " and is scheduled to meet with GM on Monday.
Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, speaking to reporters in the House of Commons foyer, signaled the government's intention to "continue to defend the automotive sector".
"Personally I'm very very hurt by this". "I mean, there are a lot of people in the community who do have those jobs and it'll be sad to see them go".
The answer is that despite being profitable GM is seeing declining sales for particular cars.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday expressed his "deep disappointment" in General Motors' decision to close its Oshawa plant, a move Canadian officials only learned about on Sunday and which led workers to walk off the job on Monday.
He said the plant has won "every award" and was the best by "every matrix".
That evening, Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor, stood before a union hall overflowing with anxious GM workers and said the union will fight against the planned move "tooth and nail".
According to GM's website, the Oshawa Assembly Plant employs 2,522 workers with Unifor Local 222.
"We are announcing the cessation of certain products resulting in a number of plants being without allocated volume to produce", GM spokesperson Julie Huston-Rough told NPR.
The company previously announced the closure of an assembly plant in Gunsan, South Korea.
"I'm concerned, I haven't heard from General Motors yet and I'm waiting to hear what the story or announcement is tomorrow", Henry told 680 NEWS.
"You could see it coming", said another.
"We sell in Canada, we manufacture in Canada, and we're actually the biggest and fastest-growing new technology automotive company in Canada", said Paterson, the company's vice-president of corporate and environmental affairs.
"GM didn't build #Oshawa".
GM opened its factory in Oshawa, near Toronto, in 1953.
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