Unifor Authorizes Strike Against Ford, GM, FCA

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Auto sector workers represented by Canadian labor union Unifor have okayed striking against Ford and the other two major US automakers “if a fair and reasonable settlement is not reached before the September 19th [contract renegotiation] deadline,” according to The Truth About Cars.

Unifor, which is Canada’s largest private-sector union, is seeking new production assignments from Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in this round of contract negotiations. “The bargaining committee will not accept a deal without a commitment to investment in Canada’s auto sector,” says Unifor National President Jerry Dias. Unifor Ford workers voted 98.9 percent in-favor of striking if necessary, vs. 99.0 and 97.1 percent of FCA and GM workers, respectively.

As The Truth About Cars reports, authorizing strikes is hardly a new negotiation tactic; Unifor-represented workers did the same during the last round of contract negotiations with the Big Three in 2012, voting to permit the union’s bargaining committees to call strikes if needed.

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Unifor entered into contract talks with Ford on August 11th. The union is hoping to find a target automaker by September 6th to use for pattern bargaining in talks with the other US automakers.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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