Tag: GreenJobs

  • Conversion as Strategy: From GM to Workplace Plans

    In February 2019, shortly after GM’s announcement that its Oshawa assembly operations would be shut down, Sting was in Toronto. He was performing The Last Ship, his musical about the closing of a shipyard in northeast England that resulted in workers occupying and taking the yard over. Unifor leader Jerry Dias grasped the potential of … Keep reading »

  • Re-tool Oshawa GM Complex to Combat Covid-19

    Manufacturing worker and healthcare worker representatives call for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford to immediately order the production of essential medical equipment and supplies at the Oshawa GM complex and related parts supplier facilities. This should be the first step toward establishing a publicly owned manufacturing centre that could supply strategically … Watch video »

  • Green New Deals: Climate Movements and Labour Unions

    Author and labor organizer Jane McAlevey is interviewed by Alleen Brown, on why winning on climate in the 2020 election means changing how we talk about the clean economy. Keep reading »

  • Take the Plant, Save the Planet

    On November 26, 2018, General Motors announced a number of plant closures in North America, the largest of which was in Oshawa, Ontario. The Oshawa facility, once the largest auto complex on the continent, was to end all its assembly operations by the end of 2019. The issue is not simply a matter of bringing … Keep reading »

  • Oshawa Could be the Engine of a Green New Deal in Canada

    It was an event that had happened countless times before. General Motors had been producing cars in Oshawa for over 100 years, and the plant had been at the centre of car production in Canada. This time, though, was different. Workers at the plant crowded around the pickup truck and photographed it as it left … Keep reading »

  • Realizing ‘Just Transitions’: The Struggle for Plant Conversion at GM Oshawa

    On November 26, 2018, General Motors announced a number of plant closures in North America, the largest of which is in Oshawa, Ontario. The Oshawa facility, once the largest auto complex on the continent, was to end all its assembly operations by the end of 2019. The response of the federal government, which had used … Keep reading »

  • GM Oshawa Last Day of Vehicle Production

    Don’t Let it be the End of the Line for the Oshawa Plant! The last GM vehicle to be produced in Oshawa, Ontario rolled off the line on Wednesday, 18 December 2019. We are gathered to mark the almost criminal actions of General Motors Company in abandoning assembly and supplier workers and the community of … Watch video »

  • Green Jobs Oshawa and a Just Transition

    One year ago, GM announced the closure of the Oshawa Assembly Plant. Workers in the community faced the crushing reality that their livelihood was being stolen. At a time of record profits, in the billions of dollars, GM showed a complete disregard for thousands of workers and their communities. Out of this devastation Green Jobs … Keep reading »

  • Take the Plant, Save the Planet

    Creating Good Jobs, Making Sustainable Products, Challenging Climate Change GM’s bosses are closing the auto plant in Oshawa but workers want to repurpose it to create good jobs and produce green and sustainable energy products. Join us for a discussion with Linda McQuaig (author and journalist), James Hutt (Leap Manifesto), Rebecca Keetch (autoworker, Green Jobs Oshawa), … Watch video »

  • Solidarity with UAW Strikers

    A lively crowd of Unifor Local 222 members and retirees came out October 7 to show their solidarity with the workers who are taking on General Motors in the US. Keep reading »

  • Future Possibilities for the GM Plant in Oshawa

    We believe that Oshawa could be the manufacturing centre for battery electric vans and other vehicles, anchored by production for Canada Post and other government bodies. Government action and a public ownership model would be required. There is growing support for this proposal from unions, community activists and environmentalists. It would keep good jobs for … Watch video »

  • Take the Plant, Save the Planet

    The Case For Nationalization and Conversion of the Oshawa GM Plant It is a tragic irony that General Motors (GM) chose its hundredth anniversary in Oshawa to announce the December 2019 closure of its Oshawa assembly plant. This means the loss of over 15,000 jobs in Ontario: 2,200 GM assembly jobs, 300 salaried positions, 500 temporary … Keep reading »