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Unifor Employees Ratify New Agreement With Ford Motor Company

Monday September 28th, 2020, 1:23pm

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Unifor members who work at Ford Motor Company have voted in favour of a new, three-year collective agreement.

Members voted 81% in favour of the deal which includes an investment of $1.95 billion in electric vehicle technology, a new 6.X L engine for the Windsor Engine Plant, a commitment by Ford to sole source 5.0L engine assembly and current component machining to the Essex Engine plant along with any derivatives, a five per cent wage increase over the life of the agreement, a $7,250 ratification bonus for full-time permanent employees and $500 for temporary employees, inflation protection bonuses, changes to the company’s new hire program, and re-instatement of afternoon and midnight shift premiums.

The agreement also includes a 20 per cent wage differential for skilled trades workers, paid domestic violence leave, and a racial justice advocate.

Unifor Local 200 Windsor employees voted 87% (production employees) and 86% (trades employees).

“This is the single biggest investment in the Canadian auto industry in years providing long-term job security for Unifor members,” says Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “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.”

“Working collaboratively with Unifor, and as discussions continue with both the federal and provincial governments, this agreement is an important step toward building a stronger future for our employees, our customers and our communities,” says Dean Stoneley, president and CEO of Ford of Canada.

Unifor’s talks with Fiat Chrysler begin later this week.

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