UNIFOR Approves New FORD Deal with $600M Investment Pledge

In light of a new four-year tentative agreement reached with its workers over the weekend, Ford Motor Co. has announced to invest $613 million in its Windsor plants and launch a new global 7.0-litre engine program. The agreement has been endorsed by 58 per cent of about 6,700 hourly workers in Ontario.

National President of Unifor, Jerry Dias, addressed the media on Sunday, after almost 1,400 members of Local 200 voted 88.7 per cent in favour, and stressed that “it’s really a huge victory for the community of Windsor.” He claimed that “it’s about giving people who’ve been laid off for so many years opportunities,” adding that “we really hit a home run in 2016 bargaining.” So far the results of Local 707 in Oakville are unavailable but the Windsor office units represented by Local 240 have voted 97 per cent in favour and Local 1324 in Bramalea had 100 per cent approval vote.

According to the deal, the new program will be installed at Ford’s Annex facility and produce cylinder heads for the Windsor Engine and Essex Engine plants. The new engine is meant to replace the current 6.8-litre V-10 engine assembled at the Windsor Engine plant and instead power Ford’s top-selling vehicles such as the F-150 pickup. Dias explained that “it’s more fuel efficient, smaller, lighter, with more torque, more horsepower. It’s a big deal,” adding that the new engine “will supply next-generation, high-volume products planned for the 2020 model year.”

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