Unifor will launch its #SaveOshawaGM campaign by unveiling its Tree of Hope in Memorial Park in Oshawa. Unifor will call on members of the public to show their support for GM workers and good jobs in Canada.

“General Motors is doing this because it thinks it can get away with it,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “We’re going to send the message that Canadians will not stand by and allow GM to turn its back on loyal workers and shutter a plant that a community has been built around, purely as an act of corporate greed.”

Supporters will be encouraged to sign a message of hope on the banner surrounding the tree and order a free #SaveOshawaGM holiday ornament to hang on their tree and share across social media.

WHAT: Unifor #SaveOshawaGM campaign – Tree of Hope unveiling and campaign launch

WHEN: Thursday December 13, 2018 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Memorial Park, 110 Simcoe St. S. Oshawa

WHO: Leadership from Unifor National and Unifor Local 222, GM Oshawa Assembly Plant workers

Despite earning $6 billion U.S. so far this year, General Motors announced that it plans to end production at the Oshawa Assembly Plant after 2019. The intended closure would result in the loss of 2,900 direct jobs at GM and thousands of additional jobs in auto parts and services to the plant.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.