Unifor’s tentative deal with Ford Motor Co. of Canada includes immediate wage increases of up to 22 per cent and a commitment to added engine production capacity in Windsor, Ont.
The automaker has also pledged to transfer workers currently on defined contribution pensions plans to the superior defined benefits plan in 2025.
In a summary of bargaining gains shared with members ahead of a planned ratification vote today and tomorrow, Unifor’s master bargaining committee said the agreement delivers on each of the union’s priorities.
“This three-year deal meets the extraordinary moment we are in. It addresses each of our core priorities and provides significant, and in some cases ground-breaking, gains for everyone — active and retired,” Unifor President Lana Payne and other officials wrote in an introductory note.
The tentative deal was unanimously approved by the union’s master bargaining committee late Sept. 19, a day after an initial strike deadline had past and six weeks after the start of bargaining.
VOTING UNDER WAY
But rank-and-file members must still vote to approve the agreement, which, given the labour climate and high expectations created by UAW demands in the United States, is no guarantee.
Unifor’s tentative deal with Ford offers considerable off-the-bat wage increases, pay hikes in each of the second and third years of the agreement and a compression of the previous wage grid.