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General Motors said Tuesday it will halt production at its pickup truck plant in Oshawa, Ont., axing about 1,000 jobs in the process.
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.
I feel bad for all those folks losing thier jobs. On the other hand, I'm sure that corporate GM saw this coming, I wonder what's next.
General Motors is asking an Ontario court to end a blockade at its Canadian headquarters and is seeking $1.5 million in compensation from the Canadian Auto Workers for damages that occurred at its assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont.
GM filed a notice of action in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Tuesday. The automaker said the protest, now in its eighth day, is hampering its Canadian operations and specifically pointed to loss of vehicle production last Saturday. The company alleges staff have been kept from work as a result of the blockade.
Ontario Superior Court Judge David Salmers ruled Friday that the Canadian Auto Workers had until 7 a.m. ET on Monday to end their protest.
Union members had been barricading the GM's headquarters in Oshawa, Ont. since June 4, the day after the company announced it was closing the truck plant in the city, putting 2,600 people out of work.
Before the blockade came down, CAW official Keith Osborne said that while union members will allow staff members to get into the building on Monday morning, they plan to drive around the GM parking lot as people arrive for work.
The union said other protests are planned too, although officials wouldn't give specifics.