The agreement between Unifor and Ford is expected to set the tone for upcoming negotiations with Fiat Chrysler and General Motors. “This agreement is a perfect timing and positions our members at the forefront of electric vehicle transformation, as the Oakville plant will be a major supplier of BEV to markets in North America and the European Union,” said Dias. Unifor union members working for Ford have ratified new three-year collective agreements with 81% “yes,” as the union announced on Monday. The terms of the four-year contract are comparable to those of the union with General Motors, but without a strike. The union also negotiated a five per cent pay increase over the life of the agreement, as well as a four per cent package, a $7,250 productivity and quality bonus, inflation protection bonuses and significant changes to the New Hire Program, including an 8-year salary schedule, and the reintroduction of afternoon and midnight bonuses. “This is the largest single investment in the Canadian automotive industry in years that provides Unifor members with long-term job security,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The result of the vote not only shows our members` overwhelming support for their bargaining committees and their new collective agreement, but also shows that Unifor members have a clear vision of a strong and prosperous Canadian automotive sector.” The union usually tries to enter into a contract with one of Detroit`s three automakers and tries to get the other companies to agree to similar terms, a practice known as model bargaining. Now that the Ford contract has been ratified, the union will focus on negotiations with Fiat Chrysler. The United Automobile Workers union announced on Friday that the agreement had been supported by 56% of voters. “I am proud of this negotiating team and am grateful for the support and solidarity of our members during the last few weeks of intense discussions, as we have worked hard to establish a model that provides our members with future jobs and generates significant pay and performance gains.” “We generally have a good negotiating relationship with Ford,” Dias told the Free Press after ratification. “In 2016, we also made significant investments from Ford.
Ford has a solution story. The model collective agreement now serves as the basis for discussions with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and then General Motors. The agreements concern about 17,000 Unifor members in the Detroit Three, although the union actually represents more than 19,000 workers in companies – 9,000 at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, 6,300 at Ford and 4,100 at GM. Ford Motor Co. of Canada on Monday signed a new employment contract with Canadian auto workers, which will bring a $1.5 billion investment $US the automaker to build battery electric vehicles in Canada. “FCA Canada looks forward to moving forward our discussions with Unifor,” the company said in a statement. “We are committed to finding an agreement that allows us to continue to invest in our future and create opportunities for our employees, their families and the communities in which we live and work.” The Ford agreement, which was provisionally approved on September 22, involves investments by both the automaker and representatives of the Canadian government. The package, which is mainly paid for by Ford, aims to make the automotive industry in Canada a major player in electrification, Dias said earlier. Dias also announced that Fiat Chrysler would be the next focus of Detroit Three negotiations. Ford first published the message and called the agreement a victory for all parties involved. Talks between the union and the automaker intensified on Monday before a 11.59am .m. “Based on the collective agreement now ratified by employees, Ford is committed to making its Oakville Assembly complex an internal combustion engine (ICE) site a PRODUCTION site for BEV that will begin in 2024, as well as introducing a new engine program at its Windsor operation” , says Ford in