Canadian auto workers represented by Unifor overwhelmingly authorized the union to strike the Detroit Three should it fail to reach labour agreements with the automakers next month.
The procedural vote precedes the expiration of the automakers’ labour contracts with Unifor on Sept. 19. Unifor, which represents about 23,000 workers at General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plants in Canada, will select a target company for pattern negotiations on Sept. 6.
Unifor said 97.1 per cent of GM workers authorized the strike, while 98.9 per cent of Ford workers and 99 per cent of FCA workers did the same.
“With this clear mandate our members have demonstrated they are in full support of their bargaining committees, and our direction in this set of negotiations,” Unifor President Jerry Dias said in a statement. “The bargaining committee will not accept a deal without a commitment to investment in Canada’s auto sector."
Dias has repeatedly said the union would strike any of the Detroit Three automakers if they failed to secure future products at GM’s Oshawa assembly plant, Ford’s Windsor engine plant and FCA’s Brampton assembly plant.
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