Previous transactions with Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also included billions of investments in Canada. Following the announcement of the Ford and FCA union agreements, provincial and federal officials announced that they would take millions of dollars for the production of electric vehicles. GM`s agreement with Unifor did not focus on electric vehicles, but Unifor said Monday that „the three contracts involve support from both the federal and Ontario governments.“ GM`s new investments under the agreement include $1 billion to $1.3 billion in Oshawa, $109 million in St. Catharines to support additional production of engines and gearboxes, and US$500,000 for the operation of the Woodstock Parts Distribution Centre. The agreement was the final agreement that was to be negotiated between the union and major U.S. automakers. „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. GM`s new three-year agreement follows a landmark configuration agreement with Ford that includes a 5 percent hourly rate increase, a $7,250 productivity and quality bonus, a total of $4,000 in inflation protection bonuses, improved performance, work bonuses and the re-establishment of the 20 percent wage gap for crafts. „Jobs at the three Canadian sites are secure for the duration of this agreement, including the Woodstock Parts Distribution Centre, which will also be upgraded,“ Dias added.
The agreement also means that GM workers will have a new lawyer for racial justice in the workplace and will have access to 10 paid days of domestic violence. 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 union also negotiated a five per cent pay increase over the life of the agreement, as well as a four per cent package, a $7,250 productivity and quality bonus, inflation protection bonuses and significant changes to the New Hire Program, including an 8-year salary schedule, and the reintroduction of afternoon and midnight bonuses. The Ford agreement reached in September includes investments of $1.95 billion to bring electric vehicle production to Oakville and a new engine derivative to Windsor, and the Fiat Chrysler agreement includes more than $1.5 billion in investments in a state-of-the-art platform to build both plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles. Unifor National President Jerry Dias and Unifor`s negotiating committee representatives announce a new preliminary agreement with GM on behalf of 1,700 members working in St. Catharines, Oshawa and Woodstock. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio „I want to thank both levels of government for their support. We have entered into negotiations in the midst of a pandemic and we are facing a great deal of uncertainty. We can now say with pride that these three contracts will breathe new life into the Canadian automotive industry,“ said Mr. Dias. .
Ontario is home to GM`s Canadian Centre for Technology, its largest software engineering and development centre for GM outside the United States, as well as the Kapuskasing Weather Development Centre and its McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track. „After Ford and FCA, it`s a hat trick of nearly $5 billion,“ Dias said. The latest conditions agreed by the province and the B.C Government and Service Employees` Union (BCGEU): TORONTO — Unifor says its general motors of Canada members voted 85 percent in favor of a new three-year contract that means the return of production to the automaker`s assembly plant, Oshawa, Ont. „Bringing pick-up production back to Oshawa is also remarkable for other reasons. Demand for pickups remains high and has accelerated thanks to COVID-19, accounting for more than 40 per cent of GM Canada`s sales