Unifor secures future for auto in Canada

Unifor reaches a tentative agreement with Ford to secure investment at Ford operations and reinforce the economic pattern established with General Motors (GM).

“Negotiations with Ford were our most challenging to date, but our committees worked together to get it done, and we accomplished the pattern,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “This tentative contract secured $713 million for Ford operations, it provides a plan for a long-term footprint and it offers well-deserved increases for our members.”

In reaching this tentative agreement, Unifor successfully bargained contracts with all of the Detroit Three automakers that adheres to a pattern settlement. Combined, Unifor negotiated a total of 1.5 billion to be invested in the auto sector. Negotiations also achieved the key priorities set by the Auto Council last spring - investment and wage improvements for members.

Along with investment and an engine product, other terms of the tentative contract include: 2% general wage increases in year one and four of the contract, a $6,000 ratification bonus, $2,000 lump sums payments in years two, three and four, benefit plan improvements and an enhanced wage progression offering thousands of dollars in increased earnings for in-progression members.

 The Committee was also successful in pushing back Ford’s demands to introduce a temporary full-time workforce with a lower wage and to cutback long-term health care.

Unifor members will have the final say on the tentative agreement when a vote is held at local membership meetings on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6.

 “When our union secures good-paying jobs our communities benefit too, this is exactly why investing in Canada matters,” Dias said.

For more information on the bargaining campaign visit: unifor.org/AutoTalks16