Unifor Agreements

Author: Georald Camposano | December 19th, 2020

TORONTO, September 28, 2020 /CNW/ – Ford Motor Company`s Unifor members voted 81% in favor of a new three-year collective agreement, which includes $1.95 billion in investments to bring electric vehicle production to Battery (BEV) in Oakville and a new engine derivative in Windsor, as well as other significant benefits. On the Canadian government`s websites, there is a great deal of information on collective bargaining in Canada, upcoming collective bargaining, work stoppages, wage agreements, ratified comparisons, etc. Unifor is Canada`s largest private sector union and represents 315,000 workers in all major sectors of the economy. The union defends all workers and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and aspires to progressive change for a better future. The Ford agreement reached in September includes investments of $1.95 billion to bring electric vehicle production to Oakville and a new engine derivative to Windsor, and the Fiat Chrysler agreement includes more than $1.5 billion in investments in a state-of-the-art platform to build both plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles. “We have negotiated with two major priorities to ensure new product allocations and to make progress on the wages and working conditions of our members, and I think we certainly faced a back-and-forth on both fronts,” said John D`Agnolo, Chairman of the Master Bargaining Committee. “We would like to thank the negotiating team, our local leaders and members who have shown unwavering solidarity through weeks of intense negotiations.” “This is the largest single investment in the Canadian automotive industry in years that provides Unifor members with long-term job security,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The result of the vote not only shows our members` overwhelming support for their bargaining committees and their new collective agreement, but also shows that Unifor members have a clear vision of a strong and prosperous Canadian automotive sector.” “I want to thank both levels of government for supporting us. We have entered into negotiations in the midst of a pandemic and we are facing a great deal of uncertainty. We can now say with pride that these three contracts will breathe new life into the Canadian automotive industry,” said Mr. Dias. All three contracts include a willingness to support the federal government and Ontario. Unifor calls on all parties to support the new anti-scab law of the PND…

A 20% pay gap was also reintroduced for craftsmen and many benefit improvements were negotiated with paid leave for domestic violence and a racist “lawyer of justice”. The union also negotiated a five per cent pay increase over the life of the agreement, as well as a four per cent package, a $7,250 productivity and quality bonus, inflation protection bonuses and significant changes to the New Hire Program, including an 8-year salary schedule, and the reintroduction of afternoon and midnight bonuses.

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