Ford ratification vote results expected Monday night

Marco Green
September 29, 2020

Ford of Canada announced today that it will invest C$1.8 billion ($1.35 billion) in its Oakville Assembly Complex in Oakville, Ontario, to improve the plant and produce new battery electric vehicles.

The vote in Windsor saw production workers vote 87 per cent in favour while the trades were 86 per cent.

"The vote result not only demonstrates our members' overwhelming support for their bargaining committees and their new collective agreement, but also shows Unifor members have a clear vision of a strong and prosperous Canadian auto sector", said Dias in a Monday press release.

The agreement between Unifor and Ford is expected to set the tone for upcoming contract talks with Fiat Chrysler and General Motors.

The contract calls for a 2.5 per cent wage increase twice over the life of the agreement, a $7,250 ratification bonus for full-time permanent employees, with $500 for temporary employees, and a reduced grow-in period for new hires from 11 years to eight years.

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Unifor's local union leaders endorsed the deal over the weekend and urged workers to ratify the agreement on Sunday. However, to this point, little information has been provided as to what the new deal consists of, other than the fact that the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant will be building a total of five new electric vehicles, beginning in 2025, thanks to a $1.8 million investment from FoMoCo.

Stoneley also said that "discussions continue with both the federal and provincial governments".

Maybe a quick look at the Oakville Assembly Complex's current products will give us a glimpse of what to expect?

Unifor National President Jerry Dias called it "what the membership needs now and in the future".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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