Negotiation talks continue between Ford and the union representing autoworkers of the company’s Canadian operations.
Unifor negotiators have described the progress as “painfully slow” and have threatened job action if a tentative deal isn’t reached before midnight Monday.
It’s hoped Unifor can continue a pattern of deals previously reached with General Motors and Fiat Crysler, which saw increased investment in local plants and wage hikes.
Ford negotiators have said costs would have to be offset elsewhere in order to replicate similar deals. Those offsets could include lower wages for new temporary full-time workers and an elimination of Ford’s long-term care benefits program.
Minor progress was made with subcommittees over the weekend, however, the majority of bargaining issues were not yet settled.