GM Negotiations

GM Negotiations

We have created this page to keep our members up to date re Detroit three bargaining. On the left hand side of this page there are several tabs which contain articles, publications and fact sheets about the Auto Sector, click on the heading to read the content. On the bottom of the page there are blog postings related to the Auto Sector, the newest posting is on the top. The best source for information is the official Facebook page and National Union Website.

GM Contract Ratified

Unifor members ratify Agreement with GM TORONTO, September 25 – Unifor members working at General Motors facilities in Oshawa, St. Catharines and Woodstock ratified an Agreement that secures investment in all three communities, converts 700 precarious jobs and offers wage improvements. The new Agreement was ratified by 64.7 per cent overall from all three locals. The breakdown is 66.5 per cent from members in production and 56.5 per cent by skilled trades. The ratified deal with GM sets the pattern for contract talks that begin with Fiat-Chrysler Automotives on Monday. Once a deal with FCA is ratified, negotiations will begin with Ford.

GM Ratification Results 2016-gm-st-catharines-ratification-vote-results Images from Ratification Meeting


Important Dates to watch and stay informed:

June 1, 2016 – Unifor Auto Council meets in London, Ontario, and votes unanimously to make new investments in Canada, including new product allocations, the top priority of the 2016 round of Detroit Three auto talks.

June 24 – Notice to Bargain requests are sent to the seven bargaining units of the Detroit Three automakers. An Application for Conciliation is submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

August 9 – Unifor Auto Council meets on the eve of the official start of bargaining.

August 10 – Bargaining formally opens with General Motors at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.

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August 11 – Bargaining formally opens with Ford and Fiat Chrysler Canada at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.

August 15 – Full negotiations commence at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.

August 22-26 – Unifor National Convention in Ottawa.

August 28 – Strike votes held at Detroit Three bargaining units.

September 5 – Labour Day

September 6 – Pattern bargaining target picked.

September 19 – Detroit Three contracts expire, putting Unifor and the employers in a legal strike/lockout position.

September 25th – Ratification Votes for GM at three locations.

September 26th – Fiat Chrysler Automotive Next target

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Did you know Unifor has set up a Twitter andFacebook page to engage with our members during the collective bargaining process.

If you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account this might be the perfect time to set one up. Check out the following links and stay connected.

Facebook official page

Twitter official page

National Website – Official

Local 199 GM Unit Facebook


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Quick Facts Q & A September 9, 2016 This one-pager provides information for members to better understand the bargaining process used in Detroit Three negotiations.

Solidarity Letters

Unifor local_707_solidarity_with GM locals Unifor local_88 at CAMI Assembly plant issue notice and extend solidarity, September 8, 2016 Unifor local_444_solidarity_with GM locals Unifor_local_1285_solidarity_with GM locals

Fact Sheets and Studies

Economic Impact of the Detroit Three Automakers in Canada Q&A on study and the Centre for Spatial Economics Importance of Canadian auto sales to Detroit Three Quality and Productivity Labour_costs_in_vehicles What We Make

Fact Sheets

Importance of Canadian auto sales to Detroit Three Quality and Productivty Labour_costs_in_vehicles

Regional Fact Sheets

Canada Ontario Oshawa Greater Toronto Area St. Catharines-Niagara Waterloo Region London Windsor

News Archive

Press Releases

Study shows economic impact of auto industry, September 1 Unifor autoworkers authorize strike, August 28 Unifor opens bargaining with Ford and Fiat Chrysler, August 11 Unifor opens bargaining with General Motors Canada, August 10 Auto Council sets bargaining priorities, June 1

Jerry Dias columns

Why We Are Prepared to Strike at GM, Huffington Post September 8, 2016 New Products Are Key To Auto Bargaining Talks, Huffington Post June 10 Auto makers and governments must invest in the long game, Globe and Mail, July 25 It’s Time For Automakers To Invest In Canada, Huffington Post, August 3

Other columns

The business case for investing in Canada’s auto industry, Toronto Star, August 18

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Invest in good jobs. Invest in the future. Invest in our communities. Invest in innovation. Invest in the next generation. Invest in our children.

This is a bargaining year between Unifor and the Detroit Three automakers – General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Canada. These are an important round of talks, perhaps the most important in a generation. That’s because the top priority for Unifor in these negotiations will be securing new investment in Canada. New investments will secure good jobs in this country, and a stable future for our communities and our children. For every job in auto, seven more are created throughout the Canadian economy at suppliers and other companies that sell to the auto plants, as well as the spending done by those workers. The taxes paid by those workers support schools, hospitals and other public services on which we all rely. The benefits of good auto jobs spread far and wide beyond the communities where those jobs are actually located.

Just one example: a 2015 study by the Centre for Spatial Economics found that more than 30,000 jobs rely on the General Motors facility for their future and that the operations contribute more than $5-billion to Ontario’s gross domestic product and provide the federal and Ontario governments $1-billion in revenue. And that’s just one operation. Across Canada, the economic impact of having an auto industry in this country is massive. A decline in that industry would hurt all Canadians — and that’s why Unifor is standing up for good jobs, healthy communities and a future for our young people during this round of negotiations.

Unifor represents more than 40,000 workers in the auto industry, including more than 23,000 working for the Detroit Three.

Q&A Post Bargaining

Q&A Post Bargaining

Several Updates have been released post bargaining Unifor is proud of its efforts to fight off a permanent two-tier system...

GM Ratification Results

GM Ratification Results

TORONTO, September 25 – Unifor members working at General Motors facilities in Oshawa, St. Catharines and Woodstock ratified an Agreement...

Ratification Meeting

Ratification Meeting

Ratification Meeting. The GM Master and Local Bargaining Committees  have successfully negotiated a tentative agreement with General Motors. We look forward...

Thank You

Thank You

As you all know we have successfully negotiated a tentative agreement with General Motors. We look forward to going over...


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