Unifor has reached a last-minute tentative agreement with Ford Motor Co. of Canada, successfully avoiding what could have been the company’s second union walkout in North America within a week. This would have also marked the first strike by Canadian auto workers against Ford in over three decades.
While the UAW recently went on strike at a Ford assembly plant in Wayne, Mich., as well as two other plants owned by General Motors and Chrysler, the negotiations between the Detroit 3 and the unions in Canada have been less heated up until this point.
After six weeks of bargaining since August, top union and Ford negotiators managed to hammer out the deal on Tuesday, nearly 24 hours past the deadline for a strike.
Unifor National President Lana Payne released a statement in which she stated, “We believe that this tentative agreement, endorsed by the entire master bargaining committee, addresses all of the concerns raised by our members during this round of collective bargaining. We are confident that this agreement will establish a strong foundation for ongoing negotiations to benefit generations of autoworkers in Canada.”
While the automaker issued a statement, no specific details of the agreement were disclosed.
“To ensure a fair ratification process, Ford of Canada will refrain from discussing the specific terms of the tentative agreement,” Ford mentioned in their statement.
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