November 25, 2009 / 6:43 PM / 8 years ago

GM to add 600 jobs at Oshawa, Ontario in 2011: union

TORONTO (Reuters) - General Motors Co will add a production shift, and about 600 jobs, to one of its assembly plants at Oshawa, Ontario, in 2011, the Canadian Auto Workers union said on Wednesday.

<p>A worker cleans the front grill of a Chevy HHR at a General Motors dealership in Montreal, June 1, 2009. Reuters/Christinne Muschi</p>

GM said on Wednesday it plans to build the 2011 Buick Regal in Oshawa, beginning in the first quarter of 2011.

“Today we currently have approximately 1,200 people on layoff as a result of the downturn in the industry,” said Chris Buckley, president of CAW local 222. “So, an additional shift will take care of approximately 600, and then later on, in the fourth quarter of 2011, General Motors is going to introduce another vehicle.”

Reporting by John McCrank; editing by Peter Galloway

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