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UAW strike affecting Oshawa GM plant

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

The ongoing labour battle between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and General Motors is being felt locally.

General Motors Canada has confirmed the strike, which has seen 48,000 UAW workers walk off the job, has halted half of the production at the Oshawa Assembly plant as of Tuesday afternoon.

Workers hit the picket lines on Monday evening after rejecting the company’s latest contract offer.

General Motors Canada spokesperson Jennifer Wright said the strike is affecting the plant’s truck line, which produces Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Truck models.

Wright said she wouldn’t “specifically comment” on whether workers of the truck line are off indefinitely or may be rotating into shifts of the plant’s other line.

She says GM Canada supports a quick resolution to the disagreement between workers and the company in the U.S.

GM Canada’s plants in St. Catharines and Ingersoll are not affected.