Canada’s Unifor union announced Sunday that its members voted to approve a three-year contract with Ford Motor Co. The move comes as the Detroit automaker faces separate negotiations with U.S. unions over pay and benefits.
Unifor members, which represent about 5,600 Canadian Ford workers, began voting Saturday on the deal unveiled Tuesday. The deal included increased wages and pensions and new commitments to investment and job security.
Unifor also represents 14,000 General Motors and Stellantis employees in Canada, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“Congratulations! Ballots have been counted and we have ratified a three-year agreement with significant benefits for autoworkers,” union leaders wrote on the union’s website. “On behalf of the entire negotiating team, I would like to thank all members for their support and solidarity throughout the negotiations.”
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The agreement includes significant pay increases, bonuses, additional paid time off, enhanced retirement benefits, significant anti-inflation provisions and an accelerated growth period for new hires, Ford said in a news release. The company also said it is “modernizing the design of its workforce” to support the future of electric vehicles.
Union members are expected to receive a 15% pay increase over the three-year term of the contract, including improved monthly pension benefits and a new pension scheme starting in 2025 for some workers. Also included.
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“Auto workers, represented by Unifor, are at the heart of Ford Canada,” Bev Goodman, president and CEO of Ford of Canada, said in a release.
“This agreement invests in our talented and dedicated employees, who will assemble our vehicles, manufacture our engines and components, improve customer satisfaction, and quickly deliver to our more than 400 dealers. We will remain consistently focused on the important job of parts delivery, ensuring our Canadian operations continue to provide the skills, knowledge and processes to compete and win.”
The vote by Unifor members comes as the United Auto Workers union continues its labor strikes against Ford, General Motors and Stellantis in the United States.
The strike began on September 15 and expanded on Friday to include 5,500 workers at 38 locations in 20 states.
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In its announcement, Unifor said it will soon reveal the next target companies.