Unifor union members working for Ford have ratified new three-year collective agreements with 81% “yes,” as the union announced on Monday. “Based on the collective agreement now ratified by employees, Ford is committed to making its Oakville Assembly complex of an internal combustion engine (ICE) site a BEV production site that will begin in 2024, as well as introducing a new engine program at its Windsor operation,” Ford said in a statement. “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.” Unifor`s local union leaders supported the agreement and asked workers to ratify the agreement. The agreement followed a unifor decision to secure new product promises and financing for electric vehicles from Detroit`s three major automakers after GM cut its Oshawa, Ont., plant last year. The model collective agreement now serves as the basis for discussions with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and then General Motors. The agreements affect about 17,000 Unifor members in the Detroit Three, although the union actually represents more than 19,000 workers in companies – 9,000 at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, 6,300 at Ford and 4,100 at GM. Under the new agreement, Workers on Ford`s hour will receive two pay increases of 2.5% during the three-year contract; ratification bonuses; and a reduced growth period of eight years for hiring after 11 years, according to the automaker. Ford Motor Co. of Canada on Monday signed a new employment contract with Canadian auto workers, which will bring a $1.5 billion investment $US the automaker to build battery electric vehicles in Canada. 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. Unifor`s local union leaders approved the deal over the weekend and asked workers to ratify the agreement on Sunday.
“FCA Canada looks forward to moving forward our discussions with Unifor,” the company said in a statement.