“General Motors has once again shown a complete and utter disregard for its workers and also Canadians in general, whose tax dollars kept the company out of bankruptcy,” said CAW president Ken Lewenza.
Lewenza called the announcement and its timing both “callous and poorly thought-out.”
“The timing of this announcement couldn’t possibly be any worse,” said CAW Local 222 President Chris Buckley. “Our members are now going into the holiday season wondering what will happen to them and if they’ll have jobs in the future. General Motors must now explain to our members and Canadian taxpayers why they are pulling more production out of the country.”
The plant will continue to produce the Buick Regal, the company said. GM recently invested $ 185 million to support the launch of two new products on the flex line: the all-new Cadillac XTS and the next-generation Chevrolet Impala.
GM previously announced it will add a third shift to support the new Impala, which is scheduled to launch early in 2013. The shift is expected to create 900 jobs.
GM also said the consolidated line, which produces the current generation Chevrolet Impala and Equinox, would continue until June 2014, as previously announced.
The Camaro is the only rear-wheel drive vehicle built at Oshawa.
Although the flexible line in Oshawa can accommodate both front and rear wheel drive assembly, the move will consolidate rear wheel production in Lansing, where the Cadillac CTS and ATS are also made, the company said.
The decision does not adversely affect the production commitments GM Canada made to the governments of Canada and Ontario when it accepted a bailout package in 2009, the company said.