For media requests or to arrange interviews via Facetime, Zoom or Skype, please contact Unifor Communications National Representative David Molenhuis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (Cellule) 416-575-7453. GM`s new investments under the agreement include $1 billion to $1.3 billion in Oshawa, $109 million in St. Catharines to support additional production of engines and gearboxes, and US$500,000 for the operation of the Woodstock Parts Distribution Centre. „This agreement is a perfect timing and positions our members at the forefront of electric vehicle transformation, as the Oakville plant will be a major supplier of BEV to markets in North America and the European Union,“ said Dias. The Ford agreement reached in September includes investments of $1.95 billion to bring electric vehicle production to Oakville and a new engine derivative to Windsor, and the Fiat Chrysler agreement includes more than $1.5 billion in investments in a state-of-the-art platform to build both plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles. The union also negotiated a five per cent pay increase over the life of the agreement, as well as a four per cent package, a $7,250 productivity and quality bonus, inflation protection bonuses and significant changes to the New Hire Program, including an 8-year salary schedule, and the reintroduction of afternoon and midnight bonuses. The agreement was the final agreement that was to be negotiated between the union and major U.S. automakers. Unifor National President Jerry Dias and Unifor`s negotiating committee representatives announce a new preliminary agreement with GM on behalf of 1,700 members working in St.
Catharines, Oshawa and Woodstock. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio „Jobs at all three Canadian sites are secure for the duration of the agreement, including the Woodstock Parts Distribution Centre, which will also see upgrades,“ Dias added. Previous transactions with Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also included billions of investments in Canada. Following the announcement of the Ford and FCA union agreements, provincial and federal officials announced that they would take millions of dollars for the production of electric vehicles. GM`s agreement with Unifor did not focus on electric vehicles, but Unifor said Monday that „the three contracts involve support from both the federal and Ontario governments.“ The agreement also means that GM workers will have a new lawyer for racial justice in the workplace and will have access to 10 paid days of domestic violence.