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Auto Talks 2020

Bargaining Update #9

10/28/2020

Unifor members,

On October 19, members at Fiat Chrysler concluded their ratification process, voting 78 per cent in favour of a new three-year collective agreement. The economic terms of the new deal follow the pattern established earlier, in negotiations at Ford Motor Company. Like at Ford, the FCA deal includes strong investment commitments of up to $1.58 billion that not only secure work at Unifor facilities in Brampton and Etobicoke, but also lands future work with new electric vehicle investments at Windsor.

The FCA deal marks the second major investment in electric vehicle assembly for Canada in less than one month – a further boost of confidence in Canada as a site for future vehicle production.

Summaries of the FCA master agreement, and various local agreements, are publicly available at www.unifor.org/AutoTalks2020.


GM Talks Underway

With a short break following FCA ratification, members of the Unifor-GM bargaining committees arrived at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, to continue negotiations with General Motors. Talks resumed on Thursday, October 22 and a deadline has been set for Wednesday, November 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Over the past week, discussions have taken place at various GM subcommittees. Local and sub committee members are hard at work discussing important issues relevant to GM workers at St. Catharines, Oshawa and Woodstock. The union is also working diligently to ensure GM commits to follow the pattern agreement and commits to product programs and investment in our facilities. Talks are progressing, although there is much work to do prior to the deadline.

The union will continue to report on progress of talks with members over the coming days, and will relay as much information on the status of talks as possible. Our objective is to be as open and transparent with members as possible, without undermining the integrity of the bargaining process. Please stay tuned for further updates.

Unifor members ratify new FCA contract that delivers new jobs and investment

10/19/2020

TORONTO—Unifor members working at Fiat Chrysler in Brampton, Etobicoke, Windsor, Mississauga, Montreal and Red Deer have voted ­78 per cent to ratify a new three  year collective agreement  that includes significant investment, job security and economic gains.

Read more

Bargaining Update #8

10/13/2020

Unifor members,

Bargaining took place throughout this past Thanksgiving Day weekend. Master and Local Committees stayed in the hotel and worked diligently toward resolving many of the outstanding issues at the table. The Committees remain determined to reach a strong settlement that secures the FCA manufacturing footprint and meets the economic pattern established by Ford.

In the last Bargaining Update, the union reported slow but steady progress toward a tentative settlement. Unfortunately, with less than 48 hours before the strike deadline, little has changed.

In fact, FCA continues to challenge the union on key elements of the pattern agreement, including on items relating to wages and lump sums, health care benefits and other matters. The Union continues to wait for firm commitments on facility investments and product allocations, and National President Jerry Dias is in regular discussion with FCA executives in Auburn Hills on this. 

As talks enter the final phase, the Committees remain hopeful that we will reach a tentative settlement by the deadline. However, if FCA continues to push back on the pattern and refuses to deliver concrete investment commitments, the likelihood of job action as of midnight on October 15 grows.

Next steps

The Union is encouraging members to be prepared if strike action becomes necessary.

If a tentative settlement is reached, information will be posted at www.unifor.org/AutoTalks2020 Please continue to check that web page regularly for updates.

Plans remain in place for online ratification/information meetings to take place on Sunday October 18, 2020. Further information will be sent directly to members with respect to registration and online voting, so please stay tuned.

The union will continue to report on progress of talks with members over next 36 hours, and will relay as much information on the status of talks as possible. Our objective is to be as open and transparent with members as possible, without undermining the integrity of the bargaining process. Please stay tuned for further updates.

Bargaining Update #7

10/10/2020

Unifor members,

The union is now less than five days from the bargaining deadline with FCA. Talks continue to progress, although at a slower pace than the Master and Local Bargaining Committees had hoped. Company officials continue to review the details of the Ford pattern settlement along with various other FCA-specific proposals tabled by the Union, on behalf of the members. The union, in turn, continues to review numerous proposals submitted by the Company – all with the view that Unifor will not deviate from the pattern.

Investment in FCA facilities

One of the slowest moving issues at the bargaining table is on investment. FCA has so far expressed a general commitment to its operations in Canada, including manufacturing vehicles and casting parts. However, the Union is looking for specific investment and product allocation commitments to secure FCA’s Canadian footprint.  Over the weekend, FCA officials from Auburn Hills will be joining talks and the committees expect much deeper discussions on these matters at that time.

New COVID-19 restrictions

Over the past number of days, the province of Ontario has set record highs for new cases of COVID-19, including 939 reported cases on October 9, 2020 alone. Yesterday, Premier Doug Ford announced temporary measures to address the rapid spike in virus transmissions, resulting in new restrictions imposed in certain regions. This includes the City of Toronto, where contract talks are taking place.

It is important for members to know there will be no significant change to the bargaining process resulting from the new public safety measures. Talks will continue as planned.  

When designing safety protocols for 2020 Auto Talks, Unifor took all necessary precautions in anticipation of a second wave. In-person meetings will be strictly limited to no more than 10 people (union and company combined). Sanitization of all workspaces in the hotel, along with social distancing measures and the strict use of personal protective equipment, will continue. The only notable change is that early morning internal caucus meetings will now occur online, to accommodate the dozens of Unifor participants.

All Unifor committee members and staff will remain vigilant in adhering to health and safety protocols as negotiations progress. These safety protocols are under constant review by expert union staff, in consultation with health officials and the Sheraton Centre Hotel.

The union will continue to report on progress of talks with members over the days, and will relay as much information on the status of talks as possible. Our objective is to be as open and transparent with members as possible, without undermining the integrity of the bargaining process. Please stay tuned for further updates.

Bargaining Update #6

10/2/2020

Unifor members,

This week, our members at Ford Motor Company ratified a new collective agreement, with 81 per cent of members voting in favour. As our National President Jerry Dias said: “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.”

Summaries of the Ford master agreement, and various local agreements, are publicly available at www.unifor.org/AutoTalks2020. The summary document for the Ford master agreement, which sets the economic pattern for negotiations at FCA and General Motors, is directly accessible here.

FCA Talks Begin

During a short two-day break following the Ford ratification, members of the Unifor-FCA bargaining committees travelled to Toronto to begin negotiations with FCA. Talks between our union and the company officially resumed on Thursday October 1, with various master, local and sub-committee meetings having taken place over the last 24 hours. Committee members are working hard to not only ensure FCA follows the economic pattern set by Ford, but to address important site-specific FCA matters in Windsor, Brampton, Etobicoke and across the parts depots. Investments at FCA facilities remains a key priority for the union in these talks.

The Parties are working toward a deadline of 11:59 p.m. on October 14.

More information on the progress of talks will be available over the coming week. Please stay tuned.

Public support for Ford agreement

The ratification of the new Unifor-Ford agreement, which included $1.95 billion worth of investments including a commitment to transform Oakville into one of the few mass production Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) facilities in North America, rested entirely with the Unifor membership. Their support for the deal was strong.

The significance of the investment on the future of auto manufacturing in Canada was not lost on other industry leaders and analysts.

We’ve had a lot of healthy investments in existing plants. This one is transformational. It allows us to tell our story differently. Before our pitch was potential. Now our pitch is reality. What better endorsement of everything we can potentially do than Ford Motor Company saying, 'Fine, let’s do it.’"

- Flavio Volpe, President, Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (Windsor Star, Sept. 29, 2020)

“It’s terrific news that Ford of Canada and Unifor have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year national labour contract… I believe the pivot to electric vehicle production will prove to be historic, a 'homerun,' as Unifor President Jerry Dias called it.”

-       Rob Burton, Mayor, Town of Oakville (Office of the Mayor Statement, Sept. 22, 2020)

“It’s not just Ford’s supply chain… This will enable other producers to locate electrified vehicles in their plants in Canada as well.”

-       Kirstin Dziczek, Center for Automotive Research (Globe and Mail, Sept. 22, 2020)

“We are in the game in a way that we haven’t been in a long time.”

-       Dmitri Anastakis, Professor, University of Toronto (Globe and mail, Sept. 22, 2020)

“This is the [investment] that says if we’re ever going to emerge as one of the main players or as the leader in EV production, this could very well serve as the catalyst for that.”

-       Brendan Sweeney, Managing Director, Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing                      (Automotive News Canada, Sept. 24, 2020)

“By introducing battery electric vehicle production at Oakville Assembly Complex, we are cementing our Canadian operations as a leader in advanced automotive manufacturing.”

-       Dean Stoneley, CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada (Company statement, Sept. 28, 2020)

The Union will continue to report on progress of talks with members over the coming week, and will relay as much information on the status of talks as possible. Our objective is to be as open and transparent with members as possible, without undermining the integrity of the bargaining process. Please stay tuned for further updates.​

Unifor members ratify historic agreement with Ford Motor Company

9/29/2020

Unifor members working at Ford Motor Company voted 81% in favour of new three year collective agreements that include $1.95 billion in investments to bring battery electric vehicle (BEV) production to Oakville and a new engine derivative to Windsor, along with other significant gains. Read the news release here.

VOTE NOW

9/28/2020

Reminder to all members at Ford to please cast your vote before 10:59 a.m. today. 

To vote online, please visit the website emailed to you:

https://unifornational.simplyvoting.com

Once you reach the login form, enter your Ford GID and the password provided. If you have problems or have not received voting instructions please email uniforford2020@gmail.com

Unifor Ford 2020 Tentative Agreement Summaries

9/27/2020

Bargaining Update #5

9/21/2020

Unifor members,

This is to advise that National President Jerry Dias’ news conference scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET today has been moved to 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Negotiations continue to progress with Ford Motor Company in advance of the bargaining deadline set for 11:59 p.m. tonight.

The Unifor Local and Master Bargaining Committees are working diligently to achieve the union’s priority items, with talks over the past number of days starting very early in the morning and ending late into the night. 

Despite some progress on various items, the union and company continue to focus talks on the key areas, including on job security, wages, benefits and pensions, among others.

We intend to issue another update to members on the status of talks at some point later this afternoon or evening, prior to the bargaining deadline.

Members at Ford Motor Company facilities shall continue to work their assigned shifts until the union provides further notice.

Please be sure to visit www.unifor.org/AutoTalks2020 for official bargaining updates and information.

Bargaining Update #4

9/15/2020

Unifor members,

On September 8, 2020, National President Jerry Dias selected Ford Motor Company as the target Company to lead negotiations across the Detroit 3 automakers. It is the Union’s intent to reach a settlement with Ford that will set the pattern for wages, benefits, pensions, and other working conditions for autoworkers across Canada.

Following discussions with each of the automakers in the week preceding the target selection, we determined that on critical matters such as future investment and collective agreement improvements, Ford’s vision most closely aligned with our own. The Union believes that negotiating with Ford first gives us the best chance to address our bargaining agenda and our vision for the industry.

Negotiations between the Union and Ford have proceeded well since Labour Day, with early progress made at the local committee tables, sub-committee tables and master tables.

Despite this encouraging progress, the Union and Company remain far apart on many key matters. This includes compensation and various workplace issues. The Union is also committed to locking in needed investment and job security measures that will be a cornerstone to any final deal. The Company and Union formally tabled their first comprehensive economic offers, which highlight many fundamental differences and challenges to be resolved. 

The week ahead

Bargaining will continue over the course of the next week, with both Union and Company representatives planning to meet as frequently as possible. Committees will work diligently to resolve all outstanding matters and in an attempt to reach a tentative settlement prior to the deadline that is set for 11:59 p.m. on Monday September 21.

Members can expect another bargaining update sent in advance of the deadline that will provide a status check on talks. Members can also expect to receive information from their local Union in regards to strike preparation as well as information related to ratification meetings. This is to help prepare members for either outcome. Be sure to contact your local Union representative for further information.

In accordance with public health rules, ratification meetings will operate differently this year as compared to prior years. Stay tuned for more information, and be sure to follow your local Union’s instructions on how to register for these meetings and enable yourself to vote on the tentative settlement.   

Unifor promoting racial justice

Those who watched the Union’s strike target announcement on September 8 would have seen National President Jerry Dias, National Secretary-Treasurer Lana Payne, and the Chairs of the Ford, GM and FCA Master Bargaining Committees, wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts.

At the news conference, Jerry spoke passionately about the need for Unifor to use every platform it has to champion racial justice. There are few platforms with a higher profile in Canada than Detroit 3 bargaining.

It is important to remember that collective bargaining does not exist in a vacuum. It has a direct influence on the workplace, but also on the broader community.  Unifor believes in being a social union – a union that provides support to its members, and all workers, whenever they need it. When workers who are racialized face discrimination, oppression, and struggle for equality – our union will stand with them, in solidarity, and fight for change.

During this round of auto talks, the Unifor Master Bargaining Committees are committed to advancing racial justice, through education, awareness, and by breaking down barriers to racialized communities in the workplace.

The Union will continue to report on progress of talks with members over the coming week, and will relay as much information on the status of talks as possible. Our objective is to be as open and transparent with members as possible, without undermining the integrity of the bargaining process. Please stay tuned for further updates.

Bargaining Update #3

9/6/2020

Unifor members,

After having been in active negotiations in downtown Toronto with company officials at Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, the Unifor Master Bargaining Committee have adjourned their meetings as of Friday September 4. This is in anticipation of Unifor National President Jerry Dias’ selection of the strike target, scheduled for Tuesday September 8 (for more details on the strike target and process, see below).

Once chosen, only Master Bargaining Committee members from the target company will return to Toronto to commence negotiations, working toward the deadline of 11:59pm on September 21.

As you will have seen, the union has clearly articulated its negotiating priorities to each of the companies, following a careful review of the contract proposals recommended by the members. We have expressed to the company that job security is critical and that we aim to discuss product and program allocations in each of our facilities over the course of negotiations. Additionally, we have made clear to the companies that there is no intent to negotiate a concessionary agreement. Rather, it is our objective to make monetary improvements for all Unifor members.  This also includes proposed improvements to the 2012 New Hire Program.

What is the ‘New Hire Program’?

Negotiated in 2012, the New Hire Program (often referred to as the “Grow-in”) established a lengthier timeframe for newly hired hourly workers to attain the equivalent rate of pay and other benefits as traditional members.

Unifor (then CAW) agreed to this program at a time when the North American auto industry was rebounding from the economic fallout of 2008-09. The program, which lowered the cost of hiring new workers, was critical to landing major investments in Canada. It also provided an alternative method to a permanent ‘two-tier’ arrangement, similar to that applied in U.S. facilities, whereby newly hired workers would never reach parity with traditional members.

In 2016 negotiations, the union successfully pushed to make improvements to the New Hire Program, specifically by enhancing pay rates in the 10-year wage grid (which is one component of the Program). This resulted in significant monetary improvements for members. However, the Program length remained unchanged and many important disparities between new hires and traditional members persisted, including differences in shift premium, SUB entitlements, cost-of-living adjustments, among others (see side bar, “Key elements of the 2012 New Hire Program”). Over the life of the next collective agreement, some Unifor members will exit, for the first time, the 2012 New Hire Program with various outstanding matters in need of negotiation and clarification during this round of talks. For example, one critical item is the negotiation of a timetable for phasing in the maximum $1 per hour post-retirement benefit contribution that is required of the employers.

Our union approaches the 2020 round of bargaining with a clear mandate from the members to carefully review, assess and further improve on the New Hire Program. We have made this mandate clear to the companies. 

What is next? Selecting the strike target – September 8

On September 8, Unifor National President Jerry Dias will hold a news conference in Toronto to announce the strike target for 2020 negotiations.

For decades, it has been the practice that the National President gets to decide which of the three companies the union will negotiate with first – setting the pattern for the others to follow.

There are multiple factors considered by the National President when making this strategic decision, all of them focused on building Canada’s auto industry and achieving the union’s bargaining objectives.

The strike target need not be a single company, but can be more than one company. In rare circumstances, the National President has opted to negotiate with all three companies simultaneously.

The news conference will take place at 11:00am ET, and live-streamed on Unifor’s Facebook page.


Members provide strong strike mandate

On August 31, Unifor reported the results of the strike authorization votes held across the Detroit Three units.

As was communicated, the strike authorization votes must take place before Unifor can lawfully commence strike action. In addition to meeting this legal requirement, strike votes are an opportunity for Unifor members to show their support for their bargaining committee and bargaining objectives. We often refer to a majority vote as members giving their bargaining committee a “strike mandate”.

Thankfully, the voting results provided a very strong mandate to the bargaining committee, and were as follows:

  • General Motors: 95.3%
  • Ford: 96.4%
  • Fiat Chrysler: 98.4%

The union will continue to report on progress of talks with members in the coming weeks, and will relay as much information on the status of talks as is possible. Our objective is to be as open and transparent with members as possible, without undermining the integrity of the bargaining process. Please stay tuned for further updates.

Update - Detroit 3 Strike Authorization Vote

8/27/2020

Unifor members,

On August 29 and 30, 2020, local unions will conduct strike authorization votes for each Detroit Three bargaining unit.

Strike authorization votes must take place before Unifor can lawfully commence strike action. In addition to meeting this legal requirement, strike votes are an opportunity for Unifor members to show their support for their bargaining committee and bargaining objectives. Members support their bargaining committee by voting to authorize strike action, if needed, to secure a fair collective agreement before the strike deadline. We often refer to this as members giving their bargaining committee a “strike mandate.” Unifor is calling on all members to provide a strong mandate by voting in favour of strike authorization.

To be clear, voting “yes” does not necessarily mean there will be a strike. However, it does provide your bargaining committee the authority to commence a strike if warranted.

Individual members should have already received information from their local unions on how to participate in the strike authorization vote. Certain local unions will be conducting in-person voting, using paper ballots. These locals must comply with current provincial COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. All other local unions will conduct strike authorization votes electronically.

If you have not received your voting information, or are unclear as to how to participate in your local union’s strike authorization vote, please contact one of the following Unifor representatives who can assist you in this process:

Thank you for your continued support.

Members who have questions can email autotalks2020@unifor.org. All other collective bargaining questions should first be directed to your appropriate local union representative.

Bargaining Update #2

8/17/2020

Unifor members,

On Wednesday August 12, our union formally opened negotiations with each of the Detroit Three automakers. Three separate meetings took place in downtown Toronto over the course of the day between representatives of Unifor’s master bargaining committees, including National President Jerry Dias, and company officials from General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler. Meeting participants followed strict health and safety protocols, including safe physical distancing and the use of protective masks.

This formal opening of talks is a long-standing part of contract negotiations in the Canadian auto sector. No actual bargaining takes place between the union and company at this time. Rather, it is an opportunity for lead negotiators to exchange opening statements that signal, to each side, the priority objectives and expectations heading into talks. It is an opportunity for committee members to meet and a chance for the union to communicate its views with the news media and answer questions journalists may have.
 

Bargaining priorities

In recent months, Unifor members at each of the Detroit Three submitted ideas and proposals for amending and improving our current collective agreements. The union bargaining committees received hundreds of recommendations from members over this time. The committee reviewed these proposals and organized them into a package submitted, on behalf of the members, to the company. These proposals include so-called “master bargaining” issues such as wages, pensions and benefits – issues that apply in equal measure across the facilities. The proposals also include “local bargaining” issues. These are issues distinct to each individual facility, such as job assignments, union representation and facility upgrades, for example (see below for further explanation on the multi-layered bargaining committee structure).

In our opening remarks, the union outlined its core priorities, derived from the various membership proposals as well as views of the elected bargaining committee representatives and the Unifor Auto Council.

A top priority for the union is securing existing products and seeking commitments for new product allocation and investment at each of our facilities. Unifor representatives outlined, to each of the companies, concerns about the need for current and future product to sustain and grow our facilities.

Despite notable challenges facing the Canadian auto sector, the union believes each of these facilities is viable and, with strategic investments, well equipped for growth in the coming years. The union also signalled its intent to discuss investments in vehicle electrification, to capture a meaningful share of what will be a significant growth market in the years ahead.  

In addition to securing new product programs, the union outlined its desire to improve on wages, pensions and address serious concerns with the New Hire Program (we will provide further details on the New Hire Program in our next update). The union also discussed improving health care and other fringe benefits.

At the same time, each of the companies signalled their own objectives for bargaining to the union, focusing on cost competitiveness and flexible operations.


Understanding the multi-layered bargaining committee structure

You will often hear reference to “the bargaining committee” over the course of 2020 Auto Talks. This committee comprises the designated elected workplace representatives responsible for negotiating a renewal to your collective agreement, along with National Union officials and staff.

However, it is important to understand that there are different types of bargaining committees at work in auto talks, each with different responsibilities.

For starters, a local bargaining committee is responsible for negotiating matters relevant to each individual facility, including various operational and personnel matters. Bargaining between Unifor’s local committees and facility management, in some cases, has been ongoing for weeks, and will continue in the weeks ahead. These will take place in parallel with meetings of the so-called “master bargaining” committee.

The master bargaining committee is responsible for negotiating matters that cut across each of the facilities, including on issues such as wages, pensions, benefits, income security, time off (both paid and unpaid), equity, skilled trades and apprenticeships, among others. The master committee consists of select representatives from various facilities, as well as the National President, National Secretary-Treasurer, other select national union officers and staff. Each of the three companies has its own master committee.

The issues that the master bargaining committee deals with are extensive. As a result, the master committee is broken down into various sub-committees that are responsible for negotiating on a specific category of issues. The descriptions for these sub-committees vary across each of the companies, but typically include the Economic Review Committee as well as committees on Pensions and Benefits, Skilled Trades, Health and Safety and Employee Family Assistance.

Over time, the union has developed a comprehensive communication and information-sharing process so that all committees understand what is happening at different negotiating tables. All committees work in close coordination, and report regularly on progress to the Master Bargaining Committee Chairperson through internal caucus meetings.     


Next steps

Now that the formal kick-off is complete, preliminary meetings between Unifor’s Economic Review Committee and employer representatives will commence on Monday August 24 in Toronto.  Full master committee bargaining will take place with each of the three companies on Monday August 31, along with sub-committee talks, and will continue until Labour Day. At that point, National President Jerry Dias will determine which of the three companies will serve as the strike target.

Once selected, bargaining will continue solely with the strike target company (or multiple companies) until the contract expires at September 21 at 11:59 p.m.

In preparation for a potential work stoppage, the union will conduct strike votes in advance of the contract expiry date. Stay tuned for specific information pertaining to strike votes in a future update.

Members who have questions about any of the content on this site can email us at autotalks2020@unifor.org. All other collective bargaining questions should be first directed to your appropriate local union representative.

Bargaining Update #1

6/25/2020

Unifor Members:

As you are aware, we are set to enter into negotiations to renew our collective agreements across the Detroit 3. We will provide regular updates to you as the bargaining process unfolds over the coming months.
This initial communication provides answers to many of the questions we have been receiving on the shop floor. Please be sure to visit www.unifor.org/autotalks2020 for regular updates.  

Which Collective Agreements are up for renegotiation this year?

Unifor represents members at various facilities in the Detroit Three, from assembly plants to office units. The expiration of these agreements happens at the same time, allowing us to coordinate negotiations and establish what is commonly referred to as the “pattern”.

This year, the following agreements will be up for renegotiation:

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

  • Master Agreement – National Union and Locals 444, 1285 and 1459
  • Security Agreement – National Union and Local 195
  • Office, Clerical and Engineering Agreement – National Union and Locals 1285, 1459 and 1498
  • Montreal PDC Agreement – National Union and Local 698
  • Red Deer PDC Agreement – National Union and Local 815
  • Mississauga PDC Agreement – National Union and Local 1285

Ford Motor Company

  • Master Agreement – National Union and Locals 200, 584, 707 and 1087
  • Windsor Office, Clerical and Engineering Agreement – National Union and Local 240
  • Bramalea Office, Clerical and Engineering Agreement – National Union and Local 1324

General Motors

  • Master Agreement – National Union and Locals 199, 222 and 636

Tentative timeline and important dates

Dates and timelines for bargaining remain uncertain, due to various government restrictions related to the COVID-19 crisis. As we confirm further dates for key meetings, we will share information with members. For now, the following are some notable dates to bookmark: 

  • June 29, 2020 – Unifor will serve each Company a formal “notice to bargain” letter
  • August 12, 2020 – Formal opening of negotiations (Ford, FCA and GM)
  • September 8, 2020 – Day after Labour Day. Traditionally this is the day Unifor announces the Company being selected to establish the pattern agreement. This Company is commonly referred to as the “strike target”
  • September 21, 2020 – Expiration of current Collective Agreements

Bargaining preparations

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused municipal, provincial and federal governments and health authorities to enact certain restrictions and measures in an effort to contain the virus. This creates some challenges for the process of collective bargaining. At this stage, we are in continual dialogue with the Detroit Three about the most appropriate manner to conduct negotiations. In addition, we are exploring various options for conducting required meetings (eg. strike and ratification votes) in a manner that complies with government and health authority mandates.

Local and National bargaining committees are continuing to compile and organize contract proposals for our August 12 opening.

Unifor National Research and Pension & Benefits departments are developing information and backgrounders (briefing notes) for Union negotiating committees. In addition, they will be reviewing and analysing a variety of data we requested from each Company in order for us to prepare for bargaining. There is a legal requirement for each Company to disclose non- proprietary information to the union in an effort to support meaningful discussions and good faith bargaining.

Finally, the National and Local unions plan to bring together our National and Local leadership to conduct our pre-bargaining Unifor Auto Industry Council meeting. Whether in person, or virtually (if we cannot conduct an “in person” meeting), it is our intent to hold this important meeting sometime before August 12.  More information will be circulated to Locals over the coming weeks.

Members who have questions about any of the content on this site can email us at autotalks2020@unifor.org. All other collective bargaining questions should be first directed to your appropriate local union representative.