3-Year Deal with Ford Motor Company Approved

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Ford workers in Canada have overwhelmingly approved a 3-year collective agreement. 

Unifor says nationally, 81 per cent of members voted in favour of the deal.

In Windsor-Essex, 87 per cent of production 86 per cent of skilled trades workers agreed to the pact. 

The tentative deal was reached with the automaker on September 22nd and includes $1.95-billion of investments in the Oakville Assembly Plant along with other significant gains.

In Windsor, a 6.8 litre engine will be introduced in 2022 which Unifor National President Jerry Dias had called "a home run for the facility" adding that "members in Windsor will be employed for the long-term."

Highlights of the deal include $1.8 billion to retool and build new battery electric vehicles in Oakville, including a crossover utility vehicle (CUV), and $148 million for Windsor powertrain facilities. Ford has committed to source new 6.X L engines to the Windsor Engine Plant and sole source 5.0L engine assembly and current component machining to the Essex Engine plant, along with any derivatives.

It also includes a 5 per cent wage increase over the life of the agreement along with a 4% lump sum, a productivity and quality bonus of $7,250, inflation protection bonuses and major changes to the New Hire Program, including an 8-year wage grid, and re-instatement of afternoon and midnight shift premiums.

A 20 per cent wage differential has also been re-instated for skilled trades workers.

The union represents 6,300 workers in Canada, including 1,600 in Windsor. 

The agreement sets the tone for talks with Fiat Chrysler and General Motors.