Unifor announced Thursday morning that its Master bargaining committee has reached a preliminary agreement for 17,000 members working at General Motors in St. Catharines, Oshawa and Woodstock, Ontario. Our union is approaching the 2020 round of bargaining with a clear mandate from members to review, evaluate and further improve the New Hire Program. We have made this mandate clear to businesses. If a provisional agreement is reached, information will be published on this website: www.unifor.org/AutoTalks2020. Please continue to check this page regularly for updates during the evening. Unifor had argued that the terms of its bargaining contract with GM required the automaker to keep the plant in operation until September 2020. GM said, however, that the collective agreement gives it the option to change production in the event of a significant disruption to the auto market. Members support their bargaining committee by voting to authorize the strike, if necessary, in order to obtain a fair collective agreement before the strike period expires. We often refer to this as members who give a „strike mandate“ to their bargaining committee. Unifor is calling on all members to give a strong mandate by voting in favour of authorizing strikes. On October 19, Fiat Chrysler members concluded their ratification process and voted 78 percent in favor of a new three-year collective agreement. The economic terms of the new agreement follow the model previously established during negotiations with Ford Motor Company.

As with Ford, the FCA deal includes strong investment pledges of up to $1.58 billion, not only to ensure work at Unifor`s Brampton and Etobicoke facilities, but also to enable future work with new investments in electric vehicles in Windsor. – Dean Stoneley, CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada (Corporate Statement, Sept. .