Unifor’s Provisional Deal with Ford Strengthens Future for Canadian Autoworkers

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Unifor’s national president, Lana Payne, has stated that the union’s provisional deal with Ford Motor Co. is poised to fortify the fundamental elements that will be used to continue negotiating gains for future generations of Canadian autoworkers.

The temporary agreement was reached deep into the night on Tuesday, following the extension of a Monday deadline for a strike by an extra 24 hours. This prospective pact encompasses over 5,600 employees at diverse Ford facilities stationed across Canada.

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Unifor had previously outlined that, in addition to wage increases, other significant priorities on the table included pensions and concerns relating to job security, especially with the impending transition towards using electric vehicles.

The arrangement, which is yet to receive ratification from union members, is projected to establish the standard for Unifor’s forthcoming negotiations with General Motors and Stellantis.

The progress made with Ford happens amidst ongoing strikes by autoworkers in the U.S. not only against Ford but also at General Motors and Stellantis facilities.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.