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March 29, 2019

The OFL calls on the Premier to stop stalling and develop an Auto/Industrial strategy for Ontario that will protect the jobs of workers in the automotive industry.

On March 28, the Fiat Chrysler manufacturing plant in Windsor announced that it would be eliminating the third shift at its Windsor Assembly plant, putting more than 1,500 people in the automotive manufacturing sector out of work. This is the second major closure leading to massive job loss in the Ontario automotive industry since June when the PC government was elected.

“My heart aches for all the workers and their families connected to the auto industry. The government is letting Ontarians down and ignoring its responsibility to the people of this province,” said OFL President Chris Buckley. “Under this government, we are losing businesses and jobs, particularly in the auto industry. Here’s a thought, Premier Ford: How about finally creating an Auto/Industrial Strategy before it’s too late?”

“These job losses have a devastating effect on the economy. Ford’s ideas about making Ontario ‘open for business’ have meant nothing more than the loss of decent work across the province,” added Buckley. “The labour movement will continue to fight for these workers and demand better from this government.”

The OFL represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.

To arrange interviews or for further information, please contact:

Meagan Perry 
Director of Communications, 
Ontario Federation of Labour l 416-894-3456

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