Unifor, the union that represents 3,900 Canadian autoworkers, and General Motors, hammered out a tentative agreement just after Midnight on Tuesday.
The deal means no work stoppage and a new plan for both the Oshawa, & St Catherines operations which would ensure job security for 2,500 current employees.
In the press conference following the negotiations, Unifor National President Jerry Dias said there will actually be an increase in jobs at the plants in question.
“We have literally negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars for our Canadian facilities.” said Dias, “What we secured for our Oshawa plant, will make it the only North American facility that will produce both cars and trucks.”
Key points mentioned by Dias included:
- 700 temporary workers will see a move from part time to full time
- There will be an increased investment in the Canadian parts division
- Additional volume of an engine program will migrate from Mexico to Canada
- The consolidated plant in Oshawa will close at the end of the current cycle, however, the flex line will continue production with another car to be added with the Impala, Regal and XTS passenger cars already being made
- Increase in starting wage for newly hired employees with workers receiving signing bonuses and lump sum payments
- Wage increases for longer-term employees
- Legacy members of the union will continue to have a defined benefit pension plan, however, new employees will have a defined contribution pension plan
The union will have one more meeting with GM to tie up loose ends, and then take the agreement back to their members for a ratification vote on Sunday in Oshawa, St Catherines and Woodstock.
— Unifor Canada (@UniforTheUnion) September 20, 2016