Its called a "Soft Closing". Most employees have their 30+ years and entitled to full pension. Plant closing contract language is very good for the employees. When the Windsor Transmission Plant closed, most were eligible to retire just like Oshawa today. They also got $70,000 to $80,000 for trades along with a $25,000 new car voucher. (This was 10 years ago). Some people that had 28 or 29 years seniority got to take a layoff till they got their 30 years then retire. Some that didn't have seniority to retire did a pref hire to London and Oshawa. The retirement package will be offered to St. Kitts and CAMI and if they retire that leaves room for the pref hires to go there. I will bet that there were no employees retired from Oshawa for years waiting the the plant closing to come and get a better deal. That is why some people have 30-34-37 years seniority. I bet CAMI people are waiting to retire too to get the Golden Handshake. See, GM does take care of the employees much better than all the feeder plant people who is what we and the government should be worrying about. So in the end its a Golden Parachute for most of the employees just like what happened in St. Therese when it closed and the Truck Plant. The media and the Union make it sound like they are just sent out to the street with nothing. The biggest worry with the union is the loss of 2,500 monthly union dues which is their only source of income. As GM looses market share which it has been doing since the removal of the tariffs in foreign cars back in the Regan days and the loss of the Auto Pact. GM is making tons of money right now but can't continue to make and build vehicles that won't sell just to keep people working. St. Kitts and CAMI are safe till the next contract and after that don't be surprised if they might get one more then gone. Its just a fact. We could have had UAW support if Bob White didn't pull out in 1987. To the UAW, the CAW is outsourcing just like Mexico.