The United Automobile Workers union announced Friday that the deal was supported by 56 percent of voters. Ford Motor Co. of Canada on Monday signed a new employment contract with Canadian auto workers, which will bring an investment of $US 1.5 billion ($US) from the automaker in the manufacture of battery electric vehicles in Canada. Union workers have approved a four-year employment contract with Ford Motor, which accepts wage increases and other terms that are almost identical to those with General Motors. The standard collective agreement is now used as a basis for discussion with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and then General Motors. The deals affect about 17,000 Unifor members at Detroit Three, although the union actually represents more than 19,000 employees at the companies — 9,000 at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, 6,300 at Ford and 4,100 at GM. “The relationship between Ford and the UAW is clearly on stronger ground,” said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting for researcher LMC Automotive. “It`s a company that has restructured and we`ll end up in recession, so it`s a challenging environment. But it shows that it`s not something that can`t be damaged. The agreement between Unifor and Ford is expected to set the tone for upcoming contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler and General Motors.
“In collaboration with Unifor and given ongoing discussions with the federal and provincial governments, this agreement is an important step towards building a stronger future for our employees, customers and communities,” said dean Stoneley, President and CEO of Ford of Canada, in prepared remarks. Ford Motor Co. a three-year contract with Unifor National, which includes wage increases, bonuses and other benefits for its factory workers in Canada, as well as a massive financial investment in battery electric vehicles, the company announced Monday. The deal, announced last week by Unifor, involves an investment of $US 1.8 billion in electric vehicle construction under the Oakville, Ont.-based company`s plan. After the refusal in Chicago, Ford and the UAW returned to the negotiating table and optimized their agreement to correct a breakdown, as well as people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified to reveal internal details. . . .