Unionized workers of the Lear auto seat assembly plant in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, walked off the job on Friday in solidarity with their union's campaign to save a General Motors assembly plant in nearby Oshawa, Ontario.
The General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada November 26, 2018. It was unclear if both auto and truck assembly was affected and what impact the stoppage had on daily production, said spokesman David Paterson.
More than 200 Lear workers walked off the job on Friday, but the next shift went to work at 2:30 p.m. EST (19:10 GMT), ending the strike, James said.
With GM's just-in-time delivery protocol, production of Buick Regal, Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS models at the Oshawa plant could quickly be interrupted.
The strike at Lear, which has 350 unionized workers, is the latest measure in a Unifor campaign aimed at convincing GM to extend Oshawa production to September 2020, when the current contract expires.
The event began at 7:00 a.m. today and demonstrates opposition to GM's plan to end production at Oshawa Assembly, demanding government intervention.
Union workers at a Canadian auto seat plant walked off the job Friday to protest General Motors' planned closure of an Ontario manufacturing facility. "All the suppliers, including Lear Whitby, are impacted by a potential closure", James said. A recent economic impact study shows that the closure of GM Oshawa would result in 24,000 lost jobs across the economy and a loss of $1 billion per year in government revenue.
Large pickups, like the Silverado, generate at least $17,000 per vehicle in pre-tax profit, according to GM investor disclosures.