The Canadian labor union, Unifor, announced on Sunday that its members have voted to ratify a new contract with Ford Motor. This comes as a relief for the automaker, as it is currently in a separate battle with its U.S. union over demands for better pay and benefits.
Unifor represents approximately 5,600 Canadian autoworkers and the new three-year collective agreement has been ratified by its members at Ford. The contract includes wage increases of up to 25 percent, with a 10 percent increase in the first year, followed by 2 percent and 3 percent increases in the second and third years, respectively. In addition, all employees on the company’s active roll will receive a $10,000 productivity and quality bonus.
Last week, Ford reached a last-minute deal to prevent walkouts at its Canadian operations. Meanwhile, the United Automobile Workers union expanded its strikes against General Motors and Stellantis, the parent company of Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram, in the U.S.