GM Bargaining Update #3

Detroit 3 Strike Authorization Vote Unifor members,

On August 29 and 30, 2020, local unions will conduct strike authorization votes for each Detroit 3 bargaining unit.

Strike authorization votes must take place before Unifor can lawfully commence strike action. In addition to meeting this legal requirement, strike votes are an opportunity for Unifor members to show their support for their bargaining committee and bargaining objectives. Members support their bargaining committee by voting to authorize strike action, if needed, to secure a fair collective agreement before the strike deadline. We often refer to this as members giving their bargaining committee a “strike mandate.” Unifor is calling on all members to provide a strong mandate by voting in favour of strike authorization.

To be clear, voting “yes” does not necessarily mean there will be a strike. However, it does provide your bargaining committee the authority to commence a strike if warranted.

Individual members should have already received information from their local unions on how to participate in the strike authorization vote. Certain local unions will be conducting in-person voting, using paper ballots. These locals must comply with current provincial COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. All other local unions will conduct strike authorization votes electronically.

If you have not received your voting information, or are unclear as to how to participate in your local union’s strike authorization vote, please contact one of the following Unifor representatives who can assist you in this process:

Thank you for your continued support.

Members who have questions can email All other collective bargaining questions should first be directed to your appropriate local union representative.