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Truck production to start this year

Union canvassing workers to see who wants to make the switch

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The production of trucks at Oshawa Assembly looks to get underway later this year.

By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

Oshawa Assembly is set to be building trucks once again.

According to a memo circulated to workers and posted on the Unifor Local 222 website, unionized workers are being canvassed to see who wants to make the switch to truck production later this year.

And based on the memo, there will be more jobs added next year.

“The second shift in Truck will be launched in the second quarter of 2018 by the shutdown period. At this time it is forecast that another 500 jobs will be added to Truck,” the memo, signed off by Unifor Local 222 president Colin James among others, reads.

Full-time employees are also being offered a prorated retirement package should they decide to not make the switch from the consolidated line, set to close this year, to truck production. Under this plan, eligible employees can retire between Aug. 1 and Jan. 1, 2018, but will still receive their 2018 Christmas bonus.

The move to once again build trucks in Oshawa comes after a new deal was reached between General Motors and Unifor back in September. Under that deal, the automaker agreed to invest more than half a billion dollars across its Canadian production operations, with the majority of that coming to Oshawa.