A $1.2-billion investment by Ford in Windsor was made possible by Unifor’s successful negotiations that delivered results in contract talks with the company last fall.
“Unifor went into talks with the Detroit Three with one goal in mind – secure investment in the Canadian auto industry to ensure good jobs for future generations,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President, who was in Windsor for the announcement.
“This investment shows the good things that happen for the entire community when there is a voice for working people at the table.”
The collective agreement with Ford, ratified last November, called on the automaker to invest $713 million in its Canadian operations over the next four years. Ford’s investment will see its Windsor operations develop into a world-class powertrain facility, while its Oakville Assembly plant will be upgraded and a $500-million research and development centre will be established.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne were also at the announcement, and committed $100 million each to the Windsor operations.
“These announcements are a testament to the dedication and commitment of the workers at Ford,” Dias said.
Across the Detroit Three, Unifor negotiated $1.6 billion worth of new investment from Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors.