Unifor reaches tentative agreement with General Motors

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with General Motors

Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, has reached a tentative agreement with General Motors that aligns with the deal previously made with Ford. This impacts around 4,300 auto workers.

Confronted with the closure of these pivotal facilities, General Motors was compelled to take decisive action during negotiations and align with the established pattern,” remarked Unifor National President Lana Payne. “Our members’ unity has paved the way for an all-encompassing preliminary deal that mirrors the blueprint established at Ford Motor Company precisely, encompassing all aspects that the company had initially resisted, such as pension plans, support for retirees, and transitioning temporary full-time workers to permanent roles throughout the contract’s duration.”

This provisional deal encompasses nearly 4,300 automotive workers from Unifor locals 222, 199, and 636.

Strike measures have been paused to facilitate the members’ voting process on this preliminary deal.

“With the blueprint now established at GM, every member stands to gain, be it temporary employees, recent recruits, or those at the peak of the pay ladder,” stated Unifor Ford Master Bargaining Chair Jason Gale. “This deal ensures remarkable salary hikes essential for our members and substantial pension enhancements safeguarding their post-retirement living standards.”

This preliminary arrangement with General Motors is in line with the blueprint agreement Unifor secured with Ford Motor Company the previous month. Agreement specifics, inclusive of local and facility-related details, will be shared with members before the ratification voting process.

Key aspects of the blueprint agreement encompass:

• Initial hourly pay hikes close to 20% for production and around 25% for Skilled Trades throughout the contract’s term.

• By the contract’s conclusion, a top-tier production assembler will earn $44.52 hourly, plus an anticipated $1.61 living cost allowance (summing up to $46.13); a certified skilled trades worker will receive $55.97 hourly, plus the anticipated $1.61 living cost allowance (totaling $57.58).

• Yearly general salary hikes: 10% in the first year, 2% in the second, and 3% in the third.

• Reinstating the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) in December 2024.

• Reducing wage progression from 8 years to 4.

• Initial rates for Temporary Part Time and production staff rising from $24.26 to $29.67/hr., further climbing to $30.26 within a year, and $31.16 by the contract’s end.

• Transitioning all full-time temporary employees with a minimum of one-year seniority at ratification to permanent roles.

• Commitment from Oshawa Assembly to phase out the full-time temporary category by August 1, 2026.

• A $10,000 bonus for Productivity and Quality for full-timers (including current temporary full-time) and $4,000 for Temporary part-time.

• Enhancements to all pension schemes.

• Compulsory company contributions to the DC plan rising from 4% to 7%.

• Transitioning Defined Contribution plan members to a new-style Defined Benefits pension for existing members and all new recruits starting January 1, 2025.

• A unique quarterly payment for Canadian retirees, termed the Universal Health Care Allowance, continuing annually throughout the 3-year contract.

• Two additional paid holidays: Family Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Unifor stands as the most extensive private-sector union in Canada, representing 315,000 workers across diverse economic sectors. The union champions the rights of all workers, promotes equality and social justice both domestically and internationally, and is committed to fostering positive transformations for an improved tomorrow.

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