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Unifor disappointed by lost investment

TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor is disappointed that the Ford Motor Company and the federal and provincial governments were unable to reach an agreement that would have secured more than 1000 good jobs in Windsor and the long-term stability of the Windsor plant.

Unifor had hoped that months of discussions between Ford, two levels of government and the union would result in significant investment which would have secured the production of a global engine at the Windsor facility.

It has been confirmed that the global engine will be built in Mexico.

"We are disappointed," said Jerry Dias Unifor National President. "The auto industries that are flourishing around the world are ones where there is a deep commitment from government and an understanding of the importance and wisdom of investment – which always pays dividends."

It is estimated that for every job created in an auto manufacturing facility, another 10 jobs are created elsewhere in the production chain. 

"While we are disappointed that this work will be lost to Mexico, we remain optimistic that the tide is changing. Government, industry and labour are increasingly committed to finding ways of securing the strategic investments we need to rebuild our manufacturing base," stressed Dias.

On Sunday, Unifor Local 200 will be holding a membership meeting to explain the decision to the impacted workers.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged. Unifor works to protect its members and play a leadership role in building thriving, safe workplaces and a strong economy so all workers in Canada have a good job, a decent standard of living and greater equality.