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Unifor is the primary union and lead voice for auto workers in Canada. The union represents 23,500 members, working at the various facilities of General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford. Most of these members work in one of five major auto assembly plants in Windsor, Oshawa, Oakville, Ingersoll and Brampton, Ontario. Others work in powertrain facilities and related in-house components work, parts depots and security operations. Unifor is also Canada’s lead union for auto parts workers, representing more than 16,000 members at various independent parts facilities.

Workers hit by car on Moncton Toyota picket line

MONCTON—Three Unifor members from Local 4501 were struck by a vehicle while on a picket line in front of Acadia Toyota in Moncton, N.B.

“Our members have the right to picket for fair wages without experiencing violence,” says Linda MacNeil, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. “Thankfully, the members only sustained bumps and bruises, but this could have ended in a tragic situation.”

Unifor welcomes federal and provincial support for GM Oshawa and CAMI

OSHAWA—Unifor welcomes today’s announcement that federal and provincial investments for General Motors have been finalized and will help secure a third shift at the Oshawa plant and Canada’s first full assembly line retool to build electric commercial vehicles in Ingersoll.

 “This is a proud moment for Unifor members at General Motors,” said Shane Wark Unifor Assistant to the National President. “Today’s funding announcement was years in the making and shows how much we can accomplish when autoworkers, automakers, and governments work together.” 

Windsor gigafactory is evidence of Canada’s EV advantage

By Lana Payne, Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer

When Unifor members ratified new collective agreements with Ford, Fiat-Chrysler and General Motors in the fall of 2020, ushering in a first wave of large-scale battery electric vehicle assembly mandates, we knew something big was about to happen. 

Biden's electric vehicle rebate shows why Canada needs a strong auto strategy

Unifor's testimony on Canada-US trade policy delivered by Assistant to the National President Shane Wark, pushes for a comprehensive auto strategy that protects and grows unionized auto and parts jobs, secures a Canadian carve-in for US electric vehicle rebates, and strengthens our electric vehicle supply chain.

First truck rolls off reopened GM Oshawa assembly line

The first vehicle rolled off the newly reopened General Motors assembly line in Oshawa at an event on November 8. The Chevy Silverado drove off the line following an address by Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

“Today is an incredibly important day for all of you, your families, and the community of Oshawa,” Dias told hundreds of workers who participated in the event. “It is so incredible to see so many of you who maintained your recall rights and those of you that are brand new to the operations—we want to welcome you to the Unifor family.”
 

Leadec workers make solid gains in new contract

Unifor members of Local 200 and 707 at Leadec Corp. ratified a new three-year agreement by 80 per cent.

“These negotiations presented a unique set of challenges in an industry that is undergoing fundamental change,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Nonetheless, the bargaining committee members were determined to make important gains for our members and were successful in doing so.”

Unifor Local 240 and 1256 plant protection officers reach tentative agreement with Ford Motor Company

Unifor Locals 240 and 1256 members reached a tentative agreement with Ford Motor Company of Canada covering plant protection officers including security and emergency response workers at the Windsor Engine Plant Annex and Oakville Assembly Complex.

“I’m proud of our bargaining committees for continuing to make solid gains for our members in the auto sector during these challenging times,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “I would like to congratulate everyone involved for delivering on the key priorities identified by of our members.”