Unifor reaches tentative deal with Ford

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Published September 20, 2023 at 7:14 am

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Unifor says it has reached a tentative deal with Ford Motor Co. that could avoid workers going on strike.

The union says the proposed contract will be brought to members shortly for a vote.

Negotiations with Ford are expected to set expectations for what workers will get in contracts from General Motors and Stellantis.

The tentative deal with Ford comes as U.S. autoworkers continue to strike against Ford as well as at General Motors and Stellantis plants.

U.S. autoworkers are pushing for upwards of 40 per cent wage gains, while Unifor has not put out a number, saying only that it wants to see significant increases.

Along with higher wages, Unifor says its other key priorities are pensions and issues around job security and the transition to electric vehicles.

The union says details of the agreement will first be presented to members at Ford Motor Company in ratification meetings to be held in the near future.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2023

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