US carmaker Ford has reached a tentative agreement with Unifor, the labor union representing 6,400 unionized employees north of the US border.
However, Steve Majer, human resources vice president for Ford of Canada told reporters that, “to respect the ratification process, (the company) will not discuss the specifics of the tentative agreement until unionized employees have had the opportunity to review and vote on the agreement.”
Ford employs approximately 8,000 workers in its Canadian facilities. It maintains three assembly and engine manufacturing plants and two parts distribution centers in the country.
The company has invested almost $900 million in its Canadian facilities in the last five years.
The latest union contract expired in September this year. Negotiations for a new agreement with Unifor were undertaken in August.
As the company initiated union talks, Majer said, “the global landscape has significantly changed in four years, and through our discussions, we’ll need to find innovative ways to be competitive and support our employees’ quality of life. This will take new thinking, new approaches and new solutions.”
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