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GM announces $170M investment in Oshawa plant that will save 300 jobs

General Motors Canada says it will invest $170 million in its Oshawa, Ont., plant to transition the facility from manufacturing vehicles to stamping, sub-assembly and autonomous vehicle testing.

GM Canada president Travis Hester says the move will save 300 of 2,600 union jobs at the plant.

Hester made the announcement this morning in Toronto alongside Unifor national president Jerry Dias at a news conference. He said the transformed plant will have the potential to grow and attract more jobs as the facility attracts new customers.

Media advisory: MPPs to joins nurses on the frontlines across Ontario

TORONTOMay 3, 2019 /CNW/ – With the provincial government making sweeping reforms to the health system, politicians from all parties will join registered nurses (RN) and nurse practitioners (NP) on the front lines to learn about what works, what needs improvement and the pivotal role nurses play in keeping Ontarians healthy.

The visits by elected representatives comes at a crucial time as Minister of Health and Long Term Care Christine Elliott re-shapes how health care is provided and how the health system is overseen. Those changes are intended to streamline access, break down silos and place the focus more squarely on the needs of patients.

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Nurses on strike set to meet with health unit

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has accepted a meeting with a provincial conciliator for Tuesday morning.

The WECHU tweeted Friday that the Ontario Nurses Association had not requested further meetings or arbitration with the health unit.

Public health nurses have been off the job since March 8. In early April, the union rejected a final offer from the health unit, saying the employer did not offer any meaningful improvements.

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Health unit agrees to meet with provincial mediator regarding nurses’ strike

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has accepted a request from the mediator appointed by the province to attend a meeting next week with the nurses’ union.

Theresa Marentette, CEO and chief nursing officer of the health unit, says she hopes the Ontario Nurses Association accepts this meeting.

She says they look forward to a productive and informative discussion regarding the current labour disruption.

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Unifor opens negotiations with Extendicare Nursing Home Chain, prioritizing safe resident care

TORONTO, April 23, 2019 /CNW/ – Unifor opens negotiations with ten Extendicare owned nursing homes this week and is prioritizing addressing the poor working conditions that lead to a massive shortage of personal support workers across the province.

“The expectations placed on front-line caregivers in long-term care are not only shocking but alarming and dangerous,” said Jerry Dias Unifor National President.

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Unifor ‘shocked’ by 80 job cuts at Windsor Regional Hospital

Officials at Windsor Regional Hospital say 80 jobs will be lost in an effort to balance their budget.

Hospital CEO David Musyj says most of the staff impacted by the losses will be in the housekeeping and food services departments.

Musyj tells CTV Windsor 20 people have already been let go, and they will now look at achieving the other savings through attrition and retirement options.

Musyj admits a cut to housekeeping may mean longer wait times for patients to get a bed, but he insists the job losses will not affect front line clinical care.

“No clinical services will be negatively impacted one iota,” says Musyj. “From a patients perspective, nothing is going to change.”

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Unifor president calls Windsor Assembly changes ‘pretty drastic’

Unifor leaders are in shock after Fiat Chrysler announced they are cutting the third shift at Windsor Assembly Plant this fall.

Unifor president Jerry Dias told CTV News Channel Friday that the union knew that sales were “softening,” but the move by Chrysler was a surprise.

“This is pretty drastic,” he said, adding that conversations with Chrysler had been positive even up until last week. “There was no indication that they were going to do something this dramatic.”

The company had “always talked about” adding another vehicle to the production line at the Windsor plant to deal with declining sales, he said. In 2015, the plant underwent $2-billion in upgrades to start building the Chrysler Pacifica. The upgrades installed give the plant “a lot of options” for what it can produce beyond the minivans, said Dias.

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Automotive Plant Set to Close Temporarily in Brampton

Thousands of employees will be affected by a temporary plant closure in Brampton.

Earlier this week, FCA Canada announced that the Brampton Fiat Chrysler Assembly plant will temporarily shut down for two weeks this spring. According to Detroit News, FCA said it would idle its plants in Windsor and Brampton for the first two weeks of April “to align production with demand.”

After that announcement, FCA announced that it would be eliminating Windsor Assembly Plant jobs.

 The union representing the affected workers has expressed outrage at the news.

Unifor committed to defending human rights and combating racism

On March 21, 2019, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we pause to reflect on the inherent structures of power that advantage some over others. We also use this opportunity to recognize our union’s work in undoing these discriminatory frameworks and move forward to achieve an equitable society for all.

Built on a history of settler violence and colonialism, our efforts as a nation towards truth and reconciliation leave much to be desired. Going beyond lip service, Canadian policies must allocate adequate resources and funding for programs and services to meet the needs of Indigenous communities, including access to clean water and quality housing. Violence against Indigenous girls and women, and the innumerable lives lost to and impacted by this, demand our attention as a nation.


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Unifor reports productive talks with GM on Oshawa jobs, suspends public campaign

TORONTO — Unifor says it has suspended a media campaign against General Motors amid productive talks with the automaker on the future of the company’s assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont.

The union says the company has been clear it won’t extend vehicle manufacturing at the Oshawa plant beyond the end of the year, but that there is potential to transform operations to maintain some jobs.

Union president Jerry Dias, who sat down Tuesday with senior GM officials in Detroit, said a deal could be reached within weeks while declining to offer details.

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