The closures will be accompanied by a broader restructuring, reducing GM's overall salaried and contract workforce by 15 percent.
Just a short while later, Valley lawmakers and state officials began reacting to the news that at least temporarily GM Lordstown will close its doors.
"I had an opportunity to speak to the Prime Minister this morning".
Ford said he asked GM in a phone call on Sunday whether there was anything the province could do to keep the plant open, and was told it could not.
As a start, we are asking the federal government to immediately extend Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility to ensure impacted workers in the auto sector can fully access EI benefits when they need them most.
"We are on the verge of the worst economic catastrophe to hit Ontario since the Great Recession a decade ago", Fraser said.
Though the plant, once one of the largest vehicle manufacturing facilities in the world, has curbed production dramatically in recent years, the news still came as a shock to the many workers filing into the facility. But the restructuring is also about making cars people want now.
The union said it would be holding talks with General Motors Monday.
"The first thing I said to (the president of GM) 'is there anything we can do as a province, absolutely anything, ' and the answer was no, there's nothing". "He said the ship has already left the dock".
"We'll do everything we can to help the families affected by this news get back on their feet".
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Carlisle was moved that month to head Cadillac, the global automaker's luxury vehicle division as part of a management rotation. Personally, I'm very, very hurt by this. I care deeply about working families hearing this news right now. Some U.S. factory workers could transfer to truck or SUV factories that are increasing production. As many as 10,000 jobs are tied to companies that supply parts for the plant, said Flavio Volpe, head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association.
"We're going to have to use all of the power of government to make sure that General Motors understands that they're not betraying this country again", he said. "Until we hear something, we don't know".
The 2,600 hourly jobs that will be lost represent about 4 per cent of all non-parts auto manufacturing jobs in Canada. "There's a lot of pieces to this story".
One of Oshawa's MPs, Jennifer French called the report "gravely concerning" and urged the provincial government to fight to save the over 100-year-old plant.
It said earlier this month that it plans to move workers at its Pontiac propulsion facility to its Tech Center in Warren.
"GM didn't build #Oshawa".
It was expected that GM needed to address underutilization of its plants. He said the decision to halt sales of the Chevrolet Cruze had "nothing to do with tariffs" but was because of poor sales.
GM confirmed Monday it would close its Oshawa plant in 2019, throwing about 3,000 unionized people out of work.
GM said it would shut down operations at plants in Detroit; Oshawa, Ontario; Warren, Ohio; White Marsh, Maryland; and Warren, Michigan.
"These actions will increase the long-term profit and cash generation potential of the company and improve resilience through the cycle", CEO Mary Barra said. "We think it's appropriate to do it while company is strong and the economy is strong".