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 lot of information on collective bargaining in Canada, upcoming collective bargaining, work stoppages, wage agreements, ratified comparisons, etc. «This is the single largest 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.» Currently, the main bargaining issues are wages, job security, health/benefit programs and retirement plans, where unions are being asked by employers to make more concessions and, as a result, we have seen wages rise to their lowest level since 1998. 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. All three contracts include a willingness to support the federal government and Ontario. Updating Canada`s budget does not support all flight attendants… «This agreement is a perfect timing and positions our members at the forefront of electric vehicle transformation, as the Oakville plant will be a major supplier of BEV to markets in North America and the European Union,» said Dias. 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.
In addition to several other benefits, Unifor and GM have also agreed to create an anti-racism action plan, create a new advocate for racial justice in the workplace, and the company will also end up to 10 days of paid leave. Look: Information on collective bargaining on the Canadian government`s website (2014): Canada`s tax update indicates a future economic recovery,… Stay up-to-date on what is happening at Unifor and how the union is improving the lives of all workers in Canada. Subscribe to our Uniforum e-newsletter. 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». Jobs at the three Canadian sites are secure for the duration of this agreement, including the Woodstock Parts Distribution Centre, which will also be upgraded,» added Dias.