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GM autoworkers in Oshawa, Ont., gather for a union meeting. (Eduardo Lima/Canadian Press)

'It's scary, no doubt about it': How former GM workers coped with their plant closure

Wayne Lewchuk, Professor of Labour Studies and Economics, provides expert commentary to both CBC and CTV News on the recent GM announcement.

Nov 28, 2018

"Wayne Lewchuk, a labour studies professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, says Canadian auto manufacturing jobs are being “squeezed” by the economic opportunities available to automakers in Mexico, where workers are paid significantly less.

Speaking Tuesday, on CTV’s Your Morning, Lewchuk said Oshawa was the “crown jewel” of the Canadian auto industry as recently as the early 2000s. Canadian auto production was at its peak at that time, with nearly 200,000 workers turning out more than three million vehicles a year, including nearly one million from Oshawa."

To continue reading this article, please visit CTV News.

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"Layoffs can also represent a chance for academic upgrading, McMillan said, which would broaden the potential for employment in other sectors. She knows of several autoworkers who have gone back to school to take on lower-level jobs in the medical field, for example, or to work as water-treatment technicians.

But taking time to go to college to upgrade skills may not be so simple, said Wayne Lewchuk, with McMaster University's school of labour studies."

To continue reading this article, please visit CBC News.