The model collective agreement now serves as the basis for discussions with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and then General Motors. The agreements affect about 17,000 Unifor members in the Detroit Three, although the union actually represents more than 19,000 workers in companies – 9,000 at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, 6,300 at Ford and 4,100 at GM. Clearly, the two-step wage structure, which former CAW President Bob White once called “cancer,” would not be eliminated or reduced in these agreements. “Together with Unifor and as discussions continue with the federal and provincial governments, this agreement is an important step in building a stronger future for our employees, customers and communities,” said Dean Stoneley, President and CEO of Ford Canada, in prepared remarks. For media requests or to arrange interviews via Facetime, Zoom or Skype, please contact Unifor Communications National Representative David Molenhuis at email@example.com or (Cellule) 416-575-7453. The small number of ratifications reflected profound differences within the membership and an important and critical component of resistance to the model. Even when the Oakville negotiating committee agreed on the agreement (including the local president and the plant president), the treaty was rejected. It`s unprecedented. With real leadership (from below or from above), this vote could have carried the full membership of Ford. An interim agreement has been reached between Unifor and Ford Motor Company. Congratulations and thanks to our Ford Master Bargaining Committee with local 200 President John D`Agnolo at the helm.
The reasons given by a number of workers were mixed in Oakville: some saw a “yes” vote as an act of solidarity with Windsor workers (encouraged by management); some feared the closure of the plant, for lack of future work, if they rejected it; some appreciated the benefits of the agreement. On the other hand, there has been a lot of commentary in the newspapers of workers who were against two classes and the new pension plan. The agreement between Unifor and Ford is expected to set the tone for upcoming negotiations with Fiat Chrysler and General Motors. “Based on the collective agreement now ratified by employees, Ford is committed to making its Oakville Assembly complex of an internal combustion engine (ICE) site a BEV production site that will begin in 2024, as well as introducing a new engine program at its Windsor operation,” Ford said in a statement. Ford first published the message and called the agreement a victory for all parties involved. “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. Voting on the agreement will take place from Sunday morning at 11 a.m. and will end on Monday, September 28 at 10:59 a.m.
Email passwords will be sent before the end of the week and the data will be connected for the zoom meeting. Unifor`s local union leaders approved the deal over the weekend and asked workers to ratify the agreement on Sunday. It can be said that this treaty symbolizes the end of the era of the refreshing and pioneering leadership of the CAW in the fight against neoliberalism in the labour movement and in the workplace. The era, which began with the challenge of concessions, bonuses, free trade and the effects of lean production, ended with an agreement that lags behind the UAW, which “directs” the introduction of defined benefit pensions and locks it into the two-tier staff. At GM, the contract was 65% its lowest since the creation of the CAW. 70 per cent of the ACF. Many workers were pleased that some kind of investment had been promised, that there had been increases (albeit modest) and that full-time work had been promised to the SWE. But others saw the weaknesses of the agreements.