The union claims that GM is avoiding answering questions about what future product, if any, will be built at Oshawa plant.

The union representing the workers at General Motors' Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant is ramping up its campaign to pressure the company into answering questions about GM's uncertain future in Oshawa.

In a release sent out to employees on June 21, Unifor Local 222 said its number one goal for 2016 union negotiations is "to ensure a secure future for our members in Oshawa." The union claims that GM is avoiding answering questions about what future product, if any, will be built in Oshawa.

The union also held a press conference in Oshawa on Tuesday, and according to CP24, Shop Committee Chairperson Greg Moffatt said that the lack of new vehicle announcements for the city equates to an "exit strategy" by the company.

The Oshawa plant currently builds the Chevrolet Equinox and Impala, Buick Regal, and Cadillac XTS. Equinox assembly is currently split between Oshawa and GM's CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. The Impala, meanwhile, is also built in Detroit. Moffatt was quoted by CP24 as saying "The next-generation Buick (Regal) will be made in China."

GM Canada President Steve Carlisle released his own statement on Tuesday, reiterating the company's commitment to Canada. He brought up the recent investment into Oshawa's Canadian Technology Centre, as well as the $1 billion in investments over the last three years to GM Canada's three assembly facilities (Oshawa, CAMI, and St. Catharines Powertrain).

In the statement, Carlisle doesn't directly allude to the union's questions about Oshawa, only saying that "GM remains committed to doing a strong business in Canada – in terms of sales, assembly and now in new advanced engineering work."

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