As I said to the minister and the Prime Minister, I am not your local president every day…… and by the way, they`re not your everyday curators. Both parties “are not quite where we think we should stay on the clock with this limited time,” says a Facebook message from Unifor Local 444 on Monday, which represents employees at FCA Windsor`s assembly plant, Enario. “We gave our committee a nod to be ready if we don`t reach an interim agreement with the ACF.” Already today, National President Jerry Dias and the management committee of Unifor-GM have publicly announced that the Union has reached an interim agreement with General Motors. The agreement was reached early in the morning, after an extension of the strike deadline, as indicated in an update of the negotiation published last night on this site. – Flavio Volpe, President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (Windsor Star, September 29, 2020) As you have seen, after careful consideration of the contract proposals recommended by members, the union has clearly defined its negotiating priorities for each company. We have told the company that job security is essential and that we want to discuss, during the negotiations, the allocation of products and programs in each of our institutions. In addition, we have made it clear to the companies that there is no intention to negotiate a concession agreement. Rather, our goal is to make improvements to monetary policy for all Unifor members. On October 19, Fiat Chrysler members concluded their ratification process and voted 78% for a new three-year collective agreement.
The economic conditions of the new agreement follow the model previously defined in the Ford Motor Company negotiations. As with Ford, the CFA agreement includes significant investment commitments of up to $1.58 billion, which not only provide work at Unifor`s Brampton and Etobicoke sites, but also land future work with new investments in electric vehicles in Windsor. In the 2020 GM negotiations, the master committee thinks that`s what we did. Further details of the interim agreement will be presented to members at Sunday`s ratification meetings and the vote will take place over a 24-hour period, which will begin on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. Detailed negotiating reports for members will be published on this site on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. In the latest national bargaining update published online, Unifor said: “The ACF continues to challenge the union on key elements of the model agreement, including wage, package and health service issues.” Ford`s master contract summaries and various local agreements are available to the public under www.unifor.org/AutoTalks2020. The summary document of the De Ford master contract, which defines the business model of negotiations with FCA and General Motors, is directly available here. There is not a word about what the new product will be for Windsor. Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles did not immediately comment on the agreement Thursday morning. The national union reported the developments on its official website at midnight on Wednesday, the deadline for an agreement to enter into force.
It is important to remember that collective bargaining does not exist in a vacuum. It has a direct influence not only on the workplace, but also on the wider community. Unifor believes in a social union, a union that supports its members and all workers when they need it. If workers who are racialized are discriminated against, oppressed and fight for equality, our union will stand in solidarity with them and fight for change. Online ratification/information meetings are scheduled for Sunday, November 8, 2020. More information will be sent directly to members regarding online registration and voting, so please stay tuned. The ratification of the new Unifor-Ford agreement, which included $1.95 billion in investments, including Oakville`s commitment to one of the few mass generation facilities for battery electric vehicles