« Ford of Canada and Unifor have reached an interim agreement on a three-year national employment contract for nearly 5,400 unionized workers in Canada … To respect the ratification process, Ford of Canada will not discuss the details of the interim agreement. « As the Prime Minister said yesterday, our government is sitting at the table negotiating the terms of this agreement with Ford and the federal government and will make a useful contribution, » the spokesman said in a statement. The agreement between Unifor and Ford is expected to set the tone for upcoming negotiations with Fiat Chrysler and General Motors. Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, laboratory and economics at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, said the deal appeared to be good news for Unifor members in Oakville, though it remains to be seen what concessions the union had to make on wages, including the 10-year growth period, and related issues. « This agreement is a perfect timing and positions our members at the forefront of electric vehicle transformation, as the Oakville plant will be a major supplier of BEV to markets in North America and the European Union, » said Dias. Ratification meetings will be held on Sunday to discuss the details of the preliminary agreement and the results of the votes will be published on Monday, the union said in a statement. Ford first published the message and called the agreement a victory for all parties involved. Dias shared more information during a press conference broadcast live on Facebook. While details of the interim agreement will be presented to members this weekend at a series of virtual ratification meetings, the agreement contains significant commitments for Ford`s Canadian plants. Dias said the agreement, which must be ratified Sunday night by members, includes five models of electric vehicles for the Ford Oakville plant. « We have locked ourselves into this agreement in the future, » he said. « We are in good shape.
It`s not like I have to reinvent the wheel when I negotiate in 2023. In addition, after granting a midnight deadline on Monday, union members had already voted in favour of a strike against the Dearborn carmaker, if necessary. Instead, they made an agreement. « Normally, there`s good news when we make these collective agreements, but this one is the only potentially best news of the last 10 years, » he says. Unifor`s local union leaders approved the deal over the weekend and asked workers to ratify the agreement on Sunday. « The agreement is subject to the condition of ratification by Ford Unifor members, » he said. « To respect the ratification process, Ford of Canada will not discuss the details of the interim agreement. » This is the second time Dias has cancelled negotiations with Detroit 3 with what it called « historic » contract.