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Sunday October 30th, 2016

Posted at 3:37pm

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As the deadline for Unifor and Ford negotiations approaches, the union says that they continue to meet with Ford in what they call a “painfully slow round of negotiations.”

The union reports that several local and issue based bargaining sub-committees have made minor progress, but a majority of issues are outstanding.

Unifor National President Jerry Dias says that Ford continues to insist that the pattern Unifor achieved with GM and FCA can only be met if there are significant offsets, including the immediate introduction of temporary full-time employees that would receive a lower starting wage and the elimination of the long-term care plan.

In an update Saturday, the union stated that “Our Master Bargaining Committee is standing firm to reject off-sets and a concessionary deal. Our priority continues to be securing product and investment for Windsor and a long-term footprint for Oakville. While the Committees remain cautiously optimistic that a tentative agreement can be reached, your solidarity is needed to push Ford to secure investment and accept the pattern.”

If a tentative agreement is not reached by 11:59pm on Monday, October 31st all 6,700 members employed at Ford will be on strike.

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