Early on Monday, the union representing Canadian Autoworkers at Ford painted a gloomy picture in negotiations with their employers.
However, it seems that may have been exaggerated, as the two parties came to a tentative deal just after the Monday deadline.
At 12:30AM President of Unifor, Jerry Dias, revealed his negotiating group was unanimously recommending a tentative labour agreement with Ford Motor Company.
Specific terms were not revealed at the overnight presser, as Dias said it was necessary to present terms to his members prior to being released to the public.
He did say that Unifor secured a $700-million product investment from the automaker and won on a major engine program that would transform the Essex plant in Windsor from a “C” rated plant to an “A” rated plant. The engines made at the facility would be expected to be installed into Ford’s number one selling vehicles in North America.
The president went on to say the Oakville plant will be the primary builder for Ford vehicles internationally.
Unifor was seeking a deal similar to those it reached with General Motors and Fiat Chrysler America in pattern bargaining that began in the summer. Those deals included wage hikes and new investment in local plants in exchange for some concessions on pensions for new hires.
Union members will have the final say on the agreement when a vote is held at local membership meetings on Saturday and Sunday.
Unifor represents about 6,700 Canadian workers at Ford.
There hasn’t been a strike by Canadian workers at a Detroit Three automaker since 1996.
Unifor members have already ratified new contracts with General Motors and Fiat Chrysler.
— Unifor Canada (@UniforTheUnion) November 1, 2016