TORONTO — The union representing workers at Ford Motor Co. facilities in Canada says its tentative deal with the company includes "transformative" gains, with one observer suggesting significant wage increases are likely.
Unifor and Ford reached a preliminary contract agreement late Tuesday night after extending a previous strike deadline by 24 hours.
"We believe that this tentative agreement, endorsed by the entire master bargaining committee, addresses all of the items raised by members in preparation for this round of collective bargaining," Unifor national president Lana Payne said in a news release.
The three-year tentative deal covers more than 5,600 workers at Canadian Ford facilities. It includes members at Ford's Oakville, Ont., assembly plant, Annex and Essex engine plants in Windsor, Ont., along with its parts distribution centres in Brampton and Paris, Ont., and Casselman in Leduc, Alta.
Key union leaders including Payne sent a message to union members touting the tentative agreement.
"This painstaking work has resulted in fundamental, transformative gains that addressed our core priorities of pensions, wages and the EV transition," it reads.