“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 agreement between Unifor and Ford is expected to set the tone for upcoming negotiations with Fiat Chrysler and General Motors. “Together with Unifor and as discussions continue with the federal and provincial governments, this agreement is an important step in building a stronger future for our employees, customers and communities,” said Dean Stoneley, President and CEO of Ford Canada, in prepared remarks. “This is the largest single 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.” Ford first published the message and called the agreement a victory for all parties involved. The Ford agreement, which was provisionally approved on September 22, involves investments by both the automaker and representatives of the Canadian government. The package, which is mainly paid for by Ford, aims to make the automotive industry in Canada a major player in electrification, Dias said earlier. Ford Canada Chief Officer Dean Stoneley said the agreement cements the company`s Canadian operations as a leader in advanced automotive manufacturing. Ford`s Unifor members voted in favour of a new three-year collective agreement.
There is also a 5% wage increase over the duration of the agreement, a productivity and quality bonus, as well as a reintroduction of the afternoon and midnight bonuses. 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. 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.