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Unifor autoworkers ratify agreement with Ford

11/6/2016

Unifor concludes negotiations with the Detroit Three automakers, after members ratify a four-year contract with Ford securing $713 million in investment, new product, more than 500 jobs, and wage improvements. All three tentative agreements with Ford were ratified by members. Across all bargaining units, the contract was approved with a vote of 58 per cent.

“With the Ford ratification, our union has secured more good, unionized jobs at all of the Detroit Three automakers,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “We solidified a footprint for the future of auto in Canada and none of this would have happened if our union was not willing to fight for principles and to do it together.”

Tentative agreement reached with Ford

11/1/2016

A tentative collective agreement was reached, averting a strike at Ford. The contract is unanimously recommended by the entire Master and Local Bargaining committees. Unifor members will have the final say on the tentative agreement when a vote is held at local membership meetings on Saturday November 5 and  Sunday, November 6.

Unifor locks in pattern agreement with Ford

11/1/2016

Unifor reached a tentative collective agreement that secures the pattern. Read the media release to learn more: Ford media_release_on tentative collective agreement.

Challenging talks continue with Ford

10/30/2016

Negotiations continue to be a waiting game with Ford. While talks have neared towards the pattern, we remain a significant distance apart in achieving  our priorities. The union expressed clearly to Ford that the union will not accept offsets to reach the pattern negotiated with GM and FCA. Our bargaining committees are firm in what needs to be done to reach a fair deal. It's time the employer make a reasonable and fair offer.

Progress slow but negotiations with Ford continue

10/29/2016

Progress is slow but negotiations are set to continue through the weekend. “While Ford might want balk at our priorities and the pattern Agreement set with GM, our members are clear, we will not go backwards and accept rollbacks or concessions,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “In every round of Detroit Three bargaining our top priority has been and remains focused on securing a future for good, full-time unionized jobs in the auto sector.”

Strike deadline nears in Unifor Ford negotiations

10/28/2016

As the deadline for Unifor and Ford negotiations approaches, the union schedules live updates to report on the status of talks while it continues to push for investment to secure jobs. To learn more about the briefing schedule set for Monday, October 31 read this release

Talks with Ford resume

10/18/2016

Negotiations with Ford formally resumed on Tuesday, October 18. The Master and Local Bargaining Committees are meeting daily to push for a fair deal. A deadline for negotiations was set for Monday, October 31 at 11:59 p.m. If there is no tentative agreement by the deadline the union will be in a legal strike position.

Unifor FCA autoworkers ratify pattern Agreement

10/16/2016

Thousands of Unifor members, working for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, attended local ratification meetings earlier today and voted to ratify a four-year contract that secures both investment and wage improvements. Negotiations will now shift to Ford.

FCA ratification and what's next

10/13/2016

Our members at FCA will have the opportunity to vote on the tentative agreement this Sunday, October, 16, at their local membership meeting. If members support the recommendation and approve the new four-year Collective Agreement, the union will shift focus and immediately resume negotiations with Ford. The exact timeline is to be determined; however, if ratification occurs, negotiations with Ford will resume sometime during the week of October 17.

Tentative agreement reached with FCA

10/11/2016

Unifor reaches a tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) that secures investment for Brampton and Etobicoke, and cements the economic pattern established with General Motors (GM). Ratification meetings will take place on Sunday, October 16 and members will vote on the Agreement.

Negotiations continue with FCA

10/9/2016

The  Master Bargaining Committee continues to meet and negotiate with FCA in the hopes of reaching a fair tentative agreement prior to the strike deadline. In addition to the Master Bargaining Committee table there are also several sub-committee tables that remain open. Our objective is to secure the pattern Agreement that was established with GM and our top priority in negotiations remains investment for future jobs. Talks are scheduled to continue around the clock and will take place on the holiday Monday.

FCA deadline approaches

10/7/2016

The current contract between Unifor and FAC was extended until the deadline set for negotiations. The extension expires on midnight of Monday, Oct. 10 at 11:59 p.m. This means that if there is no tentative agreement reached by the deadline, our members working at FCA facilities are in a legal strike position as of Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 12:01 a.m.

Pushing for the pattern with FCA

10/5/2016

The Master Bargaining Committee will now begin to press FCA to accept the pattern Agreement set with GM. All of our key priorities, including the top priority to secure investment and product, remain in our bargaining. To ensure stable good jobs continue securing investment for the Brampton facility and product allocation for the Etobicoke casting plant is key.

Unifor members ratify Agreement with GM

9/25/2016

Unifor members working at General Motors facilities in Oshawa, St. Catharines and Woodstock ratified an Agreement by 64.7 per cent. The new Agreement secures investment in all three communities, converts 700 precarious jobs , offers wage improvements and establishes a pattern in Detroit Three negotiations.

Strike averted at GM

9/20/2016

Strike averted after around the clock negotiations as Unifor reached a framework with General Motors setting a pattern in Detroit Three negotiations.

“This framework puts into motion what will be a historic agreement to secure a future for our members, for our communities and for the auto industry in Canada,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias, who led the negotiations. “At this late hour we have language in place to address our bargaining priorities and there will be no strike.”

Live broadcast updates on negotiations with GM

9/19/2016

As the strike deadline with General Motors approaches, Unifor's next media briefing is scheduled to take place at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight, as needed. All media briefings and any media conference will be conducted with a live broadcast via Persicope. Please visit www.Twitter.com/Autotalks16 to find the broadcast link, or visit www.periscope.tv/AutoTalks16 for the latest video.

Unifor schedules media briefings as GM deadline approaches

9/16/2016

As the deadline approaches in negotiations with General Motors, the union has set up a workroom for media members and scheduled regular briefings to provide updates on Monday, September 19. In the event that a tentative agreement is reached during the weekend an announcement will be released.

The deadline for negotiations with GM is Monday, September 19 at 11:59 p.m. If GM does not offer investment and product to secure good jobs in Canada by the set deadline, Unifor members at the GM Oshawa, St. Catharines and Woodstock plants will set up picket lines starting Tuesday, September 20.

For members of the media covering the talks, Unifor has booked the Wentworth Room at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto. There will be tables and power bars for those needing a place to work. Briefings are planned for 4 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight on Monday, as required.

 Announcements will be available live via Periscope. Updates will also be posted on Twitter via @Autotalks16

Looking for updates

9/14/2016

Since selecting GM as the target company, the GM Master Bargaining Committee has been working hard to negotiate and reach a fair tentative settlement that will benefit all our members working at the Detroit Three.

For regular updates and announcements please follow us on Twitter at @Autotalks16 or check this section of our website. When there is an announcement to be issued we will post it here.

Workers at CAMI extend solidarity

9/8/2016

The President and Chairperson at Local 88, at the GM CAMI Assembly Ingersoll plant, issued a letter to their plant manager to extend their solidarity and stand firm to support Local 199, 222 and 636, who are currently in negotiations with GM. Read the letter here

Unifor selects GM to set pattern in autotalks

9/7/2016

On September 6, the Unifor National President announced GM as the target company to set a pattern in bargaining with the Detroit Three automakers. Negotiations between the Unifor Master Committee and GM continue with the intent of reaching a tentative settlement before the midnight deadline on Monday, September 19. Consequently, bargaining with Fiat and Ford will pause during this period.

Media conference to announce target company

9/2/2016

A media conference will be held on Tuesday, September 6 at 10 a.m. at the Sheraton Centre Hotel (123 Queen Street West, City Hall Room) in downtown Toronto. The purpose of this conference is to release specifics on which of the Detroit Three automakers – Fiat Chrysler, Ford or General Motors – will be Unifor's target company to set the bargaining pattern for the auto industry in Canada.

Study shows impact of auto industry, target to be announced

9/1/2016

As it prepares to announce the target company for its current round of bargaining with the Detroit Three automakers, Unifor is releasing a new independent study that shows the massive economic impact of the automakers  in Canada. To read the press release, click here. To read the study, click here.

Unifor autoworkers authorize strike action

8/28/2016

In votes held today, workers at each of the Detroit Three automakers authorized Unifor’s bargaining committees to initiate strike action, if a fair and reasonable settlement is not reached before the September 19th deadline. For details. click here.

Bargaining with the Detroit Three underway

8/12/2016

Formal contract talks between Unifor and the Detroit Three automakers have officially begun, with the top priority of securing new investment and product in Canada.

"These are perhaps the most important auto contract talks in a generation," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias, who is leading the negotiations.

"There will be no deals with any of the companies without commitments from each of them for investments in Canada."

These are the first set of Detroit Three auto talks since the merger of the CAW with CEP in 2013. Talks formally opened on August 10, with a pattern bargaining target to be identified in early September.

With pattern bargaining, negotiations focus on one company, establishing a pattern that will model the contracts with the other automakers. Once a deal is ratified with the pattern target, focus shifts to the next company, and then the third.

"This system has served both the companies and the workers well, ensuring we don't have a race to the bottom and can maintain good jobs and strong communities," said Local 200 President Chris Taylor, Chair of the Master Bargaining Committee.

At its meeting June 1, Unifor's Auto Council, with elected representatives from every bargaining unit involved in this round of talks, voted unanimously to make new investments in Canada, including new product allocations, the top priority of the talks.

New investments will secure good jobs in this country, and a stable future for our communities and our children. While the top priority will be new product, Dias said workers helped the companies weather the financial storm of 2008-9 and deserve to reap the rewards - just as shareholders and top executives have done over the last few years.

"The automakers’ relative health and the strength of the North American auto market make now the ideal time to invest,” Dias said.

Across Canada, the economic impact of having an auto industry in this country is massive. A decline in that industry would hurt all Canadians -- and that's why Unifor is standing up for good jobs, healthy communities and a future for our young people during this round of negotiations.

For full details of the formal contract talks openings and press conferences visit unifor.org/AutoTalks16.

Contract talks open with Ford and Fiat Chrysler

8/11/2016

Formal contract talks opened earlier today between Unifor and both Ford and Fiat Chrysler, as the 2016 negotiations move to the next phase of meeting with each company before picking a target in early September. For more information about the openings, click here.

Unifor opens talks with GM

8/10/2016

Unifor opened formal contract talks with General Motors this afternoon, in what could be the most important round of auto talks in a generation. For more information, click here.

Auto talks set to begin

8/8/2016

Formal contract talks between Unifor and the Detroit Three automakers begin this week, starting with General Motors on Wednesday, followed by formal openings with Ford and Fiat Chrysler Canada on Thursday. For details, click here.

Jerry Dias on Bloomberg North

8/4/2016

Unifor National President Jerry Dias tells Bloomberg North anchor Amanda Lang that cost-effective and award winning Canadian auto plants have earned product commitment from the Detroit 3. 

To watch the interview, click here.

Time for automakers to invest in Canada

8/3/2016

Published Wednesday August 3, 2016 in the Huffington Post

In one week, Unifor will begin its first-ever round of bargaining with the Detroit Three automakers in what may be the most important round of bargaining to take place in the sector in more than a generation.

When I and representatives from each of the Unifor bargaining units at the Detroit Three automakers sit down with the companies to formally open negotiations on August 10 and 11, we will have one clear and simple message for them.

Invest in Canada.

Invest in the country and the people who got you through the 2008-09 financial crisis. Invest in our communities. Invest in our future together. And invest in good jobs today and good jobs for our children. Invest in the skills and productivity you’ve spent a century building.

The employers should be going in these talks with their eyes wide open. For months now, Unifor has been clear that there can be no deals this year without new investments in Canada, including new product allocations.

There will be other needs that must be addressed, of course, but all else flows from new investment in Canada. There can be no gains made without products for Canadian workers to make.

Since the last round of bargaining in 2012, which I participated in as part of the CAW (which merged with the CEP a year later to form Unifor), the Detroit Three automakers have done very well – thanks to strong North American sales, and the help given to the companies by its workers and all levels of government during the 2008-09 financial crisis.

Indeed, the shareholders and corporate executives have done very well in the years since. Now it is time to repay that help by sharing some of that wealth with the men and women of Unifor who generated it.

The best way to do that would be with new investment in Canada. Such investments are about more than brick and mortar and new machinery.

Much more.

An investment in Canada is an investment in this country’s future. It’s an investment in the people who live and work here. It is an investment that keeps taxes here to pay for services and the kind of society we want and need in Canada.

Continued investment in Canada is about supporting communities and local economies to grow and prosper to ensure that the next generations have a strong future in which they can have good jobs and raise their own families.

Over the last century, the Detroit Three have played a vital role in creating a society with the kinds of good jobs that helped create the middle class – a class that could afford to buy the products they made and to spend their wages throughout the community, and pay the taxes that paid for health care, education and much more. 

Calling on the Detroit Three to invest in Canada means much more than building or expanding a factory on the edge of town.

Invest in Canada means investing in the people and the society we have all built together.

That’s what this round of auto talks is about for Unifor. It’s about sustaining and building for the future and generations to come.

Now, let’s get to the bargaining table and figure out how to make that happen.

New report says auto at risk with TPP

7/7/2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, if ratified, would put the Canadian automotive industry at risk, undermining the competitiveness of Canada’s assembly and small and medium-sized auto parts plants, a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives concludes. For more information, click here.

General Motors Canada job creation a positive step

6/10/2016

Unifor says the announcement of up to 1,000 new Research and Development jobs at General Motors Canada a positive step. For more information, click here.

Auto Council calls for new investment in Canada

6/1/2016

Meeting in advance of the start of bargaining with the Detroit Three auto companies this summer, delegates to the Unifor Auto Council voted unanimously to make new investments in Canada, including new product allocations, the top priority of the talks. For more information, click here.