GM Selling North America's Birthright to Mexico
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Outsourcing North America's Manufacturing Birthright, has taken another turn for the worse, 2,600 General Motors jobs (not 1,000 as previously reported) are heading south to Mexico. Does this surprise anyone? Hell No!
Consumers drive the market, and when the Market has a "Big Yellow Smiley Face" where lowest price is the law,
Corporates needing to compete, have no choice in order to stay viable. One wonders if GM workers being Consumers took advantage as well of that Big Yellow Smiley Face of WalMart and other cheap imports, putting other Union and Non Union Brothers and Sisters out of work in North America, thinking it would not happen to them.
Well Surprise, Surprise, they were wrong, now their jobs are gone, and most likely yours will be next too!
In the Auction World, the Final Word is Going, Going Gone!
GM to halt production at Oshawa truck plant
General Motors said Tuesday it will halt production at its pickup truck plant in Oshawa, Ont., axing about 1,000 jobs in the process.
The Oshawa plant is expected to close in 2009, GM CEO Rick Wagoner said during a press conference in Wilmington, Del., prior to the company's annual meeting.
Three other GM plants that assemble pickups or sport utility vehicles are also scheduled to be closed — in Janesville, Wis., Moraine, Ohio, and Silao, Mexico.
In May, the CAW reached an agreement with GM to postpone a 900-worker layoff at the Oshawa truck plant until September 2009.
GM's Oshawa truck plant makes the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra. U.S. sales of GM trucks were down 15 per cent in the first three months of the year. In March, its truck sales in both the U.S. and Canada plunged 22 per cent, as the rising price of gas cut into sales of trucks and SUVs worldwide.
Closure of the plant means GM will no longer produce trucks in Canada and will be reduced to one auto plant in Oshawa and a share of a joint-venture plant in Ingersoll, Ont.
Tuesday's news comes just weeks after the closure of a transmission plant in Windsor, Ont., which affected 1,400 workers.
GM said that closure was due to a market shift from the four-speed automatic transmissions made in Windsor to more fuel-efficient six-speed transmissions.
Detroit's Big Three automakers have cut tens of thousands of jobs in the last few years as they struggle to turn around their struggling operations amid market gains by their Asia-based rivals.
North American automakers have been slower to adjust their product lineups to include more smaller vehicles and fewer gas-guzzling SUVs.
With files from the Canadian Press