With new contracts ratified at GM Canada and Ford Canada, Stellantis remains the last piece of the automotive labour negotiations puzzle. PHOTO courtesy GM Canada.
The outlook for job shops serving Canadian automotive plants is looking increasingly positive to avoid disruptions to their business as 80% of Unifor union members have voted to ratify a new three-year deal with General Motors.
Unifor says the terms of the deal matched the contract agreed to last month at Ford Motor Co. That leaves just Stellantis to work out a deal with Unifor members on a new contract.
General Motors agreed to adhere by the terms set by the Ford contract about 12 hours after Unifor members went on strike last week at GM’s Oshawa assembly plant, the St. Catharines, Ont., propulsion plant, and the Woodstock, Ont., parts distribution centre.
The contract includes base hourly wage increases of nearly 20 per cent for production and 25% for skilled trades.