It’s been a little more than a year since General Motors Canada announced it would be hiring 100 engineers to help speed up its delivery of the connected car. But a leaked report may see that number increased… 10 fold.
“It’s a good news story for Oshawa. It’s a great news story for the country.”
Oshawa Mayor John Henry is being tight lipped about the announcement that will take place in the city on Friday.
“What I can say is that there is an announcement taking place on Friday at General Motors”
It is being reported that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will be among the guests at GM’s headquarters that day where it is expected General Motors Canada will announced up to one-thousand new jobs.
“It’s been leaked that is going to be engineering jobs but obviously does not impact our workers in the plant it’s nice to have jobs coming to the area. However it would be nice to have jobs for our facility as well”
“If the story that is in the media is about the auto industry in Oshawa and the surrounding areas this is an exciting story for our community”
The report of 1000 new engineering jobs comes on the heels of more job losses in Durham Region.
GM supplier Johnson Controls INC. will be closing its Whitby plant on July 1st… That’s a year earlier than the collective agreement between the two companies.
“The numbers in the plant are approximately 283 people with some of those people being laid off at the moment”
In 2012 GM said that it would spend three quarters of a Billion dollars on research and development by 2017… It was a commitment to the federal and Ontario governments…which provided bailout money in 2009 during the economic downturn.
Even if the announcement is 1000 new engineering jobs on Friday Unifor 222 President Colin James wants more.
“We have sacrificed when GM was in trouble, the community has sacrificed as well as our feeder plants and our tax payers. I think it is time that we are rewarded with some sort of product because of our sacrifices.”
The engineering jobs are expected to be dispersed across Canada.