Unifor's mission is clear

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|July 27, 2023

The opening of Detroit Three bargaining is two weeks away and your Master bargaining committees are ready to get to the table.

Negotiations start on August 10. The union will meet separately with each company to deliver members’ bargaining proposals. The meetings will officially open the bargaining process with Ford, General Motors and Stellantis.

The bargaining team Unifor members have assembled in each plant are ready to work over the next several months on behalf of more than 18,000 autoworkers covered by the agreements in this round of negotiations.

The union welcomed more good news this week of yet another investment at the GM CAMI Assembly plant. This investment will create 300 new jobs in a new EV battery module assembly facility. Members at the CAMI facility continue to be negatively affected by battery and supply chain disruptions experienced since the start of EV production.

Investments like these are needed to strengthen Canada’s electric vehicle transition, secure local supply chains and grow the auto sector footprint across the country. Many investments have been secured since the last round of negotiations, but more work needs to be done. At the Stellantis Brampton Assembly Plant, recently, Unifor brought corporate leaders to the shop floor to meet with autoworkers about the need for future product commitments.

Together, we have worked hard with the members of our plants and the entire team to create the right conditions for Auto Talks 2023 to succeed. Part of that work has been advocating every day for governments to develop comprehensive and competitive industrial strategy, so that Canada has a strong place in the global EV future. That point was made loudly and clearly in a new op-ed published by Unifor in the Windsor Star.

Our mission is clear. We are fighting for good paying, family and community supporting jobs.

Unifor is making the case by analyzing how important and beneficial auto sector jobs are to our auto communities. See our interactive Community Profile map on the Auto Talks website, where you can measure how valuable auto jobs are to driving Canada’s exports, tax revenues, and more.

Visit the autotalks.ca website often for all the news, bargaining updates, resources and information for autoworkers.

Download the poster to print and display in your workplace here.

Questions related to Auto Talks 2023 can be sent to [email protected].

In solidarity,

Lana Payne, National President
John D’Agnolo, Ford Master Bargaining Chair
Jason Gale, GM Master Bargaining Chair
James Stewart, Stellantis Master Bargaining Chair


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