The union that represents more than 35,000 workers at automakers and parts suppliers across Canada inaugurated a new office in the city midway between Montreal and Quebec City on Oct. 5.
It said it chose the location to strengthen its position as a “major union force” in the region and reinforce its presence close to General Motors and Ford Motor Co. joint venture plants under construction in the Bécancour industrial park.
“We know the industry. We know how the companies and the different plants work. We know the kind of wages and benefits we can expect. So, we’re in the best place to bargain,” Unifor’s Quebec Director Daniel Cloutier told Automotive News Canada.