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Musician Sting supporting Canadian GM workers trying to save jobs

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OSHAWA, Ont. -

General Motors workers who will lose their jobs when GM closes a plant in Canada will get a show of support from a winner of 17 Grammy Awards

Sting and the cast of his musical “The Last Ship” have agreed to perform this week in Oshawa, Ontario to support for GM workers, according to Unifor, the union representing those workers.

Like Lordstown, GM's plant in Oshawa, Ontario is on the chopping block as the automaker cuts costs.

The union says the cast will travel from Toronto, where the musical is playing, to Oshawa to perform at the city’s Tribute Communities Centre on Thursday, February 14, 2019. The performance will include songs from “The Last Ship,” which features music and lyrics written by Sting.

The union says the musical tells a similar story to what is threatening to happen in Oshawa, with the looming shutdown of GM plants that employ thousands of people.

The Last Ship is set in the UK shipbuilding community of Newcastle, Sting’s hometown, and tells the story of the shutdown of the local shipyard, which has been the center of the town for centuries.

Sting, who wrote the musical, is also the star of the show which depicts a grassroots protest that gains strength as people fight to hold their community together in the face of the impending storm by building the last ship.

“With the departure of shipbuilding from his hometown, Sting witnessed first-hand what becomes of workers and their families when the core industry is ripped away,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “The tremendously powerful story of THE LAST SHIP resonates deeply as it speaks to the dignity of work, how it shapes individuals and their communities, and the heavy personal toll that is paid when workers livelihoods are taken from them.”

Unifor is leading a community effort to lobby GM to reverse its decision to close the Oshawa facility, which includes television ads.

The automaker's announcement made last year included plans to close other GM plants, including the Lordstown Assembly Complex where Chevy makes the Cruze.

Leaders of UAW Local 1112 and other community members here are leading the “Drive It Home” campaign pressuring GM to bring a new product to Lordstown when it stops making the Cruze in the next few weeks.

On Wednesday a busload of “Drive It Home” supporters will travel to Columbus to support a legislative resolution urging GM not to abandon the Lordstown plant.

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