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Friday October 24th, 2014

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The Ford Motor Company and the federal and provincial governments were unable to reach an agreement that would have secured more than 1000 jobs in Windsor and the long-term stability of Windsor’s Ford plant.

Unifor says that it had hoped months of discussions between Ford, two levels of government and the union would have resulted in significant investment which would have secured the production of a global engine at the Windsor facility.

It has been confirmed that the global engine will be built in Mexico.

“We are disappointed,” said Jerry Dias Unifor National President. “The auto industries that are flourishing around the world are ones where there is a deep commitment from government and an understanding of the importance and wisdom of investment – which always pays dividends.”

Unifor says it is estimated that for every job created in an auto manufacturing facility, another 10 jobs are created elsewhere in the production chain.

“While we are disappointed that this work will be lost to Mexico, we remain optimistic that the tide is changing. Government, industry and labour are increasingly committed to finding ways of securing the strategic investments we need to rebuild our manufacturing base,” stressed Dias.

On Sunday, Unifor Local 200 will be holding a membership meeting to explain the decision to the impacted workers.

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