Unifor has officially wrapped up negotiations with the Detroit Three automakers.
Union members ratified a four-year contract with Ford on Sunday, which employs 6,700 members, after securing similar deals with General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler.
Some of the highlights of the new deal include $713 million in investment and engine product commitments, two wage increases of 2% each over the life of the contract, signing bonuses, and significant work practice improvements for operations and facilities.
“With the Ford ratification, our union has secured more good, unionized jobs at all of the Detroit Three automakers. We solidified a footprint for the future of auto in Canada and none of this would have happened if our union was not willing to fight for principles and to do it together. Our success in these negotiations should be a reminder to all employers and the government about the kind of jobs and economy that Unifor is fighting for.” – Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
“Bargaining is always tough, but reaching this contract was no small feat. I am proud of our collective efforts that made it possible. We now have a solid path that will bring back those on lay-off and offer our members the job security they deserve for the coming years.” – Unifor Ford Bargaining Committee Chair, Chris Taylor at Local 200 in Windsor.
Ford says it’s still speaking with both the Federal and Provincial governments to ensure long-term sustainability for the auto manufacturing sector in Canada.